A bronchoscopy is a test used to look inside the trachea (windpipe) and bronchi (large airways of the lungs) using an endoscopeendoscopeA thin, tube-like instrument with a light and lens used to examine or treat organs or structures in the body. (a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and lens). A bronchoscopy is also used to perform specialized procedures in the airways.
A bronchoscopy is done to both diagnose and treat certain lung problems. It is done to:
How a bronchoscopy is done
The risks from bronchoscopy are:
A bronchoscopy can show:
The doctor will decide whether further tests, procedures, follow-up care or additional treatment is needed.
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