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How Long Could I Be Out Of Work After A Bronchoscopy And How Will I Feel Afterwards
Bronchoscopy is a procedure to visually examine inside of the airways (trachea, bronchii). This can be done using a rigid bronchoscope or flexible fiber-optic scope. It can be used to obtain samples such as washings (bal) and biopsies for diagnosis. There are also therapeutic interventions ...Read more
Minimal: Agree with dr. Arenberg. Barring complications, other than the day of procedure, you should not require any additional absence from work. This includes both flexible and rigid bronchoscopy with or without biopsies (endobronchial and flouro guided, ebus guided, em-nav guided transbronchial biopsies). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long is a reasonable amount of time between bronchoscopies for a child with a trach? How often should s/he have one?
Bronchoscopies: Routine bronchoscopy at a defined time for a child with a tracheostomy is not defined. In general, these are performed when the child has an issue raising concern for airway obstruction (such as tracheal granuloma), tracheal bleeding, or in certain times when a severe infection is a concern. In addition, prior to tracheal decannulation, this may be performed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After a bronchoscopy my 16 mo boy still has no specific dx. They said his lungs were "smooth" &had to use hypertonic to clean out. What does this mean?
Report information: I would suggest obtaining a copy of the bronchoscopy report to clarify the details. The bronchoscopy report will include details on the appearance of the airway, which I am interpreting from your comments was normal. The procedure can include a lavage (wash out) to collect fluid to analyze in the lab. I would suggest requesting the results of the lavage for more information. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a way to identify fungal pneumonia or one caused by protozoa, without bronchoscopy, if one can't cough a mucus sample out for testing?
Anxious re: toddlers bronchoscopy/endoscopy on tues. Chronic wet, junky, chest cough. (14 months long)some atelectasis. Stunted growth. Possible causes?!
Had bronchoscopy, doc suspects not asthma, but bronchi inflamed. Seretide works well, bdt supports with min level sign of asthma, bronchoscopy can tell?
How long does a kid stay typically inpatient after a lung biopsy during bronchoscopy for a trached 7yo? (crappy breathing, otherwise "ok")
Variable: A bronchoscopy with or without biopsy is fairly straightforward. The general description you've provided suggests a child that at baseline is chronically ill. Chances are the length of stay is more a matter of how long the child needs to recover from anesthesia in relation to baseline breathing challenges. Often this can be over night or it can be several days in a chronically ill child. ...Read more
What are the possible causes of acquired tracheomalacia (NOT congenital) in toddler? Vascular rings have been ruled out via CT scan & bronchoscopy.
Here are some other studies that are sometimes done to investigate the cause tracheomalacia: airway fluoroscopy, barium swallow, pulmonary function tests
I'm assuming the child has never been intubated (breathing tube) or had surgery in the area (both can cause acquired tracheomalacia).
Sounds like your child is already seeing a pulmonoogist or ENT. That's who I would refer to. ...Read more
31 m - Is a bronchoscopy / chest Ct scan with contrast and Vq scan good enough to rule out lung cancer or lung problems?
Lung eval: That is a very through evaluation and should be sufficient. You could see masses, tumors, emphysema, frbrrosis, note if abnormal cells, tell if there are emboli. Adding pulmonary function testing (PFTs) would assess the function i.e. tell if you have asthma. f/u/ w/ doc ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Positive methanine challenge indicating reactive airway disease for pft what's that mean? Lump feeling throat for months heavyness taking breaths. Would lung doc bronchoscopy and ent doc normal rule out something throat caused by cancer? Weak pulse
RAD: The challenge test just confirms that your airways react with some tightening/wheezing which reduces your lungs ability to move air. It is often used as a marker for asthma, RAD but beyond that tells you little. If you have had all these tests & they have not spotted a cancer, that should not be considered as a cause. If they eliminate a structural problem for your sensation it must be something else ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
31 m got a echo / nucl stress test / ekg / holter chest ctscan / bronchoscopy / Endo / vq / thyroid test CBC / panel blood rule out heart and lung? . still having vibrating heart beats / throat lump feeling chest fullness shallow breath / headaches
Detailed history: It sounds like you have a complex situation and have already had extensive testing. These little text boxes are not big enough to go through all the details, which is what a doctor would need to be able to help. You might consider a second opinion inbox consult here on HealthTap where you can share the records of your tests and have them reviewed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No it cannot: A bronchoscopy is useful for identifying that wegener's is affecting the lungs but it will not tell you the cause. Wegener's is in a class of conditions known as autoimmune. This is where the body does not recognize its own cells as being "self". In turn an immune response causes inflammation in the lungs, eyes and sinuses (the classic locatioins in the body to be affected by wegeners). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: On why it's done. If it's to clean out a mucous plug, then usually just suctioning. If it's done to look for infection, then maybe a bronchioalveolar lavage (BAL) and potentially biopsy. If its done looking for cancer, then biopsies and BAL. Brushes are also commonly done to get the lung tissue cells to be looked at for cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: I have seen 2 awake bronchoscopies. Both were on patients that were so hypoxic, if they were put to sleep, they would have likely ended up on the ventilator. Both patients did fine. Also, I talked to an attending once that had a bronch done while completely awake just so they could go to work when it was done. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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