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What is a bronchoscopy?

A bronchoscopy is a procedure to look for any problems inside your airways (bronchi) using a flexible telescope.

What are the benefits of a bronchoscopy?

A bronchoscopy is a good way of finding out if there is a problem.

Are there any alternatives to a bronchoscopy?

An x-ray, scan or biopsy (removing small pieces of tissue) may give information about the cause of the problem but a bronchoscopy often leads to a diagnosis.

What does the procedure involve?

Figure showing a bronchoscopy

If appropriate, your doctor may offer you a sedative to help you to relax.

A bronchoscopy usually takes less than 15 minutes. Your doctor will pass a flexible telescope (bronchoscope) through your nostrils and down into your lungs.

Your doctor will use the bronchoscope to examine your airways. To help make the diagnosis, your doctor can perform biopsies and they may place a small amount of fluid in your lungs and then remove it.

What complications can happen?

Some of these can be serious and can even cause death.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Bleeding
  • Developing a high temperature
  • Developing a sore throat, husky voice or a cough getting worse
  • Allergic reaction

How soon will I recover?

If you were given a sedative, you will usually recover in about 2 hours but this depends on how much sedative you were given.

You should be able to return to work the next day unless you are told otherwise.

The healthcare team will tell you what was found during the bronchoscopy and discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need.

Regular exercise should improve your long-term health. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

The London Clinic is an HTA licensed and JACIE accredited cancer centre with an ‘Excellent’ MacMillan Quality Environment Mark and with access to a Level 3 intensive care unit.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.

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Summary

A bronchoscopy is usually a safe and effective way of finding out if there is a problem in your airways.

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