What is a Bronchoscopy?
A bronchoscopy is a camera test, performed under light sedation. It enables a visual assessment of a patient’s airways, and allows for samples to be taken from a patients lungs. It is a safe procedure, with relatively few possible complications.
Who needs a Bronchoscopy?
Some possible indications for bronchoscopy could include:
- Chronic cough
- Shortness of breath for investigation (where other investigations have failed to reveal a cause)
- Haemoptysis (coughing up blood)
- Abnormal chest imaging
- Recurrent chest infections
- Focal bronchiectasis
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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