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If a doctor orders a bronchoscopy, does that mean that you have a mass or cancer?
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
5 doctors agree
In brief: No
Bronchoscopy has many indications besides evaluation of a lung mass.
Sometimes the procedure is done if you are having prolonged cough or coughing up blood. Sometimes the procedure is done to evaluate the size and patency of your airways. Sometimes it is done to retrieve a foreign body that is stuck or aspirated into the lungs (like a coin, tooth, or peanut).

In brief: No
Bronchoscopy has many indications besides evaluation of a lung mass.
Sometimes the procedure is done if you are having prolonged cough or coughing up blood. Sometimes the procedure is done to evaluate the size and patency of your airways. Sometimes it is done to retrieve a foreign body that is stuck or aspirated into the lungs (like a coin, tooth, or peanut).
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Bronchoscopy is commonly performed, very safe and less painful than a visit to the dentist. It is a diagnostic procedure and can often fix a problem during the same session.
Dr. Michael Sanders
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Bronchoscopies are done for many other things besides cancer.

In brief: No
Bronchoscopies are done for many other things besides cancer.
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Generally, a bronchoscopy is not "ordered".
Rather, you will be referred for consultation. There are multiple reasons/indications for bronchoscopy. The key thing is your doctor should tell you why they advise a bronchoscopy, what he/she is looking for, and what you can expect (risk/benefits) of the procedure. The consulting specialist will review these with you.

In brief: No
Generally, a bronchoscopy is not "ordered".
Rather, you will be referred for consultation. There are multiple reasons/indications for bronchoscopy. The key thing is your doctor should tell you why they advise a bronchoscopy, what he/she is looking for, and what you can expect (risk/benefits) of the procedure. The consulting specialist will review these with you.
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