Bronchoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to diagnose problems with your lungs, trachea or airways.

A bronchoscope is a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing. It may also have a tool to remove tissue to be checked under a microscope for signs of disease. The bronchoscope is inserted through the nose or mouth. Bronchoscopy may be used to detect cancer or to perform some treatment procedures

The procedure is performed using a flexible bronchoscope or a rigid bronchoscope. Flexible bronchoscopy is more common than rigid bronchoscopy, and flexible bronchoscopy usually does not require general anesthesia.

Treatments with Bronchoscopy
  • To check if there is a foreign object in your airway.
  • To see the abnormal changes in lungs like Tumor or scarring of lungs tissue
  • To check why you are coughing up blood.
  • To make a biopsy for lymph nodes near your lungs
  • To check shortness of breath or low oxygen levels.
  • To diagnose cough that has lasted more than 3 months without any clear cause.
  • To treat inhaled a toxic gas or chemical.
What are the risks of a bronchoscopy?

Bronchoscopy is a very safe procedure, but there is a slight risk of:

  • Bleeding.
  • Infection.
  • Lung collapse.