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How long could I be out of work after a bronchoscopy and how will I feel afterwards?

See below: You would probably just be out of work the day of the procedure. You should be fine to return to work the following day as long as there are no complications during the procedure ...Read more

Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
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Bronchoscopy (Definition)

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


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How long do I have to stay out of work after a bronchoscopy and how will I feel afterwards?

How long do I have to stay out of work after a bronchoscopy and how will I feel afterwards?

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 more

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How long is a reasonable amount of time between bronchoscopies for a child with a trach? How often should s/he have one?

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 more

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How long does it take to get the results back from a bronchoscopy?

How long does it take to get the results back from a bronchoscopy?

Varies: Right after the doctor can tell you what they saw. Results of tests done (cultures, biopsies) can take a few days. ...Read more

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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 more

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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?

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?

Potentially: You could try a hypertonic saline nebulizer of a mucomyst neb treatment. These 2 drugs will induce a cough and make it easier to cough up a sputum sample. If this doesn't work, bronchoscopy is your best option. ...Read more

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How long does a kid stay typically inpatient after a lung biopsy during bronchoscopy for a trached 7yo? (crappy breathing, otherwise "ok")

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

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What are the possible causes of acquired tracheomalacia (NOT congenital) in toddler? Vascular rings have been ruled out via CT scan & bronchoscopy.

Other studies: 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

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31 m - Is a bronchoscopy / chest Ct scan with contrast and Vq scan good enough to rule out lung cancer or lung problems?

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 more

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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

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 more

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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

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 more

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Could a bronchoscopy tell what caused wegener's granulomatosis?

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 more

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Could a bronchoscopy be done at the doctor's office?

Could a bronchoscopy be done at the doctor's office?

Not usually: Because conscious sedation (iv medications) are used during the procedure it is done in an outpatient endoscopy suite (usually associated with a hospital); most doctors do not do bronchoscopy in their office for this reason. ...Read more

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Bronchoscopy--any pain form it?

NO: A bronchoscopy itself should not be painful. Your throat can be a little sore for a day or two afterwards. ...Read more

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What is done during bronchoscopy?

What is done during bronchoscopy?

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 more

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Can a bronchoscopy be done easily?

Yes: This is a very common procedure and typically quite safe. If you are at a higher risk for complications, your pulmonologist will discuss it with you. ...Read more

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Can you be awake during bronchoscopy?

Can you be awake during bronchoscopy?

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 more

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Why would I have to get a bronchoscopy?

Better look: Usually for the doctor to get a better look at your upper or lower airway in order to properly diagnose you. ...Read more

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What should I feel during bronchoscopy?

Not much: Today most bronchoscopies are done with topical anesthesia and under moderate sedation (drugs that make a person very groggy but do not completely knock them out). Frequently there is some coughing but most people tolerate this procedure well and some do not remember the procedure afterward at all - "ready to go doc" after it is over is not an uncommon outcome. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bronchoscopy?

Airway examination: 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 that can be performed. ...Read more

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What information do I have to bring along to do the bronchoscopy?

What information do I have to bring along to do the bronchoscopy?

Bronch: Cxr ct and blood work
blood pressure medication as usual, do not stop
your md has to know about plavix (clopidogrel). ...Read more

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I just had a bronchoscopy done and got the final results. What does this mean?

Results are in: It means that the results are in. And they are final. Contact your doctor for more. ...Read more

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I have to have a bronchoscopy and just wanted to know more in detail what it is and what are the risk that come with having one?

Bronchoscopy: Is usually a straight forward procedure with minimal sedation to visualize the major airways. A flexible tube with a camera is guided through the mouth and into the trachea. It is then passed down both major bronchi (right and left airways) and each sides major branches. It is used to identify abnormalities, irritation, blockage or infection. Biopsies can be taken and cultures if required. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a bronchoscopy ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a bronchoscopy ordered?

Yes: A bronchoscopy is a specialized procedure performed by a trained specialist, usually a pulmonologist to visualize & inspect the major airways and take samples of fluids, biopsies as neccesary, etc.
Procedure also to localize lesions, obstructions, nodes among other indications. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of a bronchoscopy?

What are the side effects of a bronchoscopy?

Not many: Usually, patients will have a sore throat for a few days. If biopsies are done, there may be some small amounts of blood coughed up for a few days.

There is a chance of puncturing a lung with the biopsies if those are done. This potentially will require a chest tube and a stay in the hospital. There's also the chance of severe bleeding depending on what's done during the procedure. ...Read more

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Bleeding after bronchoscopy, is this normal?

Bleeding after bronchoscopy, is this normal?

Yes: If biopsies were performed, a day or two of coughing up small amounts of blood is completely normal. If not biopsies were done, this isn't normal. Or if it's more than just a small amount, like less than a teaspoon per day. ...Read more

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Why would doctors typically want to do a bronchoscopy?

Why would doctors typically want to do a bronchoscopy?

Diagnosis/Therapy: Bronchoscopy is one of the main procedures performed by pulmonologists to help in the diagnosis of lung disease. Inspection of the airways is performed. Sometimes fluid or tissue is obtained for further analysis. Bronchoscopy can also be used for treatment of lung cancer, narrowing of the airways, and other lung problems. ...Read more