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Flexible Bronchoscopy


A flexible bronchoscopy is a procedure to look inside your respiratory system (nose, throat, and lungs). Healthcare providers use a bronchoscope. This is a soft tube with a light and camera on the end. Pictures of your respiratory system appear on a monitor during the procedure. It is normal to have a sore or scratchy throat after your procedure. You may also cough up dark or brown mucus. These symptoms should get better within a few days.


Call 911 for any of the following:

  • You have chest pain or feel like your heart is beating faster than normal.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You cannot swallow.
  • You cough up bright red blood.
  • You are confused and dizzy or feel like you are going to faint.
  • You have shortness of breath.
  • Your lips or nails turn blue.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • Your pain does not go away, even after you take medicine.
  • You have new symptoms or your symptoms are worse than before.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Do not smoke:

Smoking can cause severe damage to your airway. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you need help quitting. Talk to your healthcare provider about any smokeless tobacco products you regularly use.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Ask when you should expect the results of your procedure. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.