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Flexible Bronchoscopy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is a 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.

Why may I need a flexible bronchoscopy?

How do I prepare for a flexible bronchoscopy?

What will happen during a flexible bronchoscopy?


What are the risks of a flexible bronchoscopy?

Your heartbeat may slow down and your blood pressure may decrease. This can cause you to sweat and faint. The scope may make a hole or tear in your airway. You may get an infection after the procedure. The space between your lungs and chest may fill with air or blood. These problems can be life-threatening.

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