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Bronchoscopy is an examination of the larynx and tracheobronchial tree using endoscopic procedures. This procedure involves passing a “Scope” into the large airways of the lungs through the mouth or nose in order to evaluate suspicious areas seen on a chest X–ray.Through the bronchoscope, doctors can remove tissue samples for microscopic study, and/or search for the source of cancer cells that are detected in sputum or elsewhere in the body. The test can also reveal how widespread lung cancer is and, therefore, suggest how to proceed with treatment.Bronchoscopy is performed in the hospital with the patient under general anesthesia; it generally takes between 30 and 60 minutes. Afterward, there may be some numbness in the throat for about two hours and some hoarseness or voice loss for the next few days. Any bleeding, chest pain or breathing problems should be reported to the doctor.

Indications of Bronchoscopy
Complications with Bronchoscopy