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Can you be awake during bronchoscopy?

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Dr. Michael Sanders
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

For most bronchoscopies we use "conscious sedation"; this means that you are comfortable for the procedure but not usually put to sleep/asleep.
The procedure should not be painful and should be comfortable. You may have coughing during the procedure.

In brief: Yes

For most bronchoscopies we use "conscious sedation"; this means that you are comfortable for the procedure but not usually put to sleep/asleep.
The procedure should not be painful and should be comfortable. You may have coughing during the procedure.
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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Pediatrics - Pulmonology

In brief: Kids-no

In pediatrics bronchoscopies are done with deep sedation and the child is asleep, but breathing on their own.

In brief: Kids-no

In pediatrics bronchoscopies are done with deep sedation and the child is asleep, but breathing on their own.
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