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What is the main difference between bronchoscopy and endoscopy?

What is the main difference between bronchoscopy and endoscopy?

Lung vs gi tract: Bronchoscopy is the study where they look into your lungs with a bronchoscope. Endocopy, a non-specific term, usually refers to the procedure of looking into your GI tract (stomach, intestines). But, in general, endoscopy is any study that looks inside your body, so a bronchoscopy is a type of an endoscopy... ...Read more

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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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What are the side effects of a bronchoscopy?

Minor...: You can have some bleeding after a bronchoscopy. This is usually very mild and shortlived. Other concerns could be a pneumothorax or collapsed lung. This is usually more of a concern if biopsies are done in the outer portions of the lung during the bronchoscopy. ...Read more

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Bleeding after bronchoscopy, is this normal?

Probably: Some streaks after the procedure or if a biopsy was done it can happened but for less than 24 hs usually. If more quantity or persists get your pulmonologist to see you right away. ...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

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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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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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Going in this week for a bronchoscopy with biopsy. Does this hurt?

No: When we perform flexible bronchoscopy we administer IV sedation and pain medications. We also use local numbing agents to make the procedure more comfortable. Despite taking multiple biopsies, almost all patient report no pain or discomfort. In fact, they do not remember the procedure due to some of the anxiolytics that they receive. Some mild local throat irritation may occur for 24-48 hour. ...Read more

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Are you as anesthesiesed during a bronchoscopy like you are for a endoscopy?

Yes: Yes, in general the level of sedation is similar for most routine flexible bronchoscopies. A deeper level of sedation may be required for rigid bronchoscopy or more complex procedures. ...Read more

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Can i choke during a bronchoscopy? I am being sedated and scared if i start coughing i will start coughing and choke

Choke & Bronchoscopy: As part of the preparation for bronchoscopy you should not eat for at least 7 hours. The only thing that can get you into trouble is if you vomit up food during the procedure. The physician will spray your throat with local anesthetics so that it will block your reflex to cough/choke. This works well and you should not worry. ...Read more

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Endoscope (Definition)

An endoscope is a rigid or flexible telescope made for looking inside the body. It can go in through natural openings (lke the mouth or nose), or can be inserted into the ...Read more