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Bronchoscopy (cont.)

After the Procedure

Although most adults tolerate bronchoscopy well, doctors require that the patient remain for a brief period of observation.

  • Nurses will monitor the patient closely for 2 to 4 hours following the procedure.
  • Most complications occur early and are readily apparent at the time of the procedure.
  • The patient will be monitored until the effects of sedative drugs wear off and the gag reflex has returned.
    • If the patient has had a transbronchial biopsy, doctors will take a chest X-ray to rule out any air leakage in the lungs after the procedure.
    • The patient may be hospitalized if he or she shows persistent bleeding, air leakage, or respiratory distress. Quite often any bleeding stops on its own and air leaks often seal quickly.
  • Once the patient is released to go home, they should not drive. Effects of the sedative medications may be lingering.

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