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Bronchoscopy (cont.)


Bronchoscopy Next Steps

The doctor will ask the patient return to the office to discuss the results of the procedure and to plan more tests or treatment if necessary.

Newer Bronchoscopy Techniques

Bronchial thermoplasty: this new technique is being developed to gently heat the airways in some asthmatic patients. This decreases episodes of exacerbations of asthma.

Volume reduction for emphysema: small one way valves are place in the airways of damaged lung in an attempt to reduce the volume of that portion of lung and leave space for the remaining lung to function

Repair of air leaks following lung resection: the same one way valves are used to slow down air leaks at lung suture lines. With the slowing of airflow, these leaks may heal faster and prevent the need for further surgery.

When to Seek Medical Care after Bronchoscopy

Call a doctor if any of the following occur:

  • You become increasingly short of breath.
  • You develop increasing bleeding with a cough or chest pain.
  • You feel ill or develop any other symptom.

When to go to the hospital

Go to the hospital's emergency department if you cannot reach your doctor and you develop sudden shortness of breath or bleeding with cough or severe chest pain.

Bronchoscopy Pictures

A rigid bronchoscope.
A rigid bronchoscope. Click to view larger image.

A flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope.
A flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope Click to view larger image.

Medically reviewed by James E Gerace, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease


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Ernst A, Anantham D. Review article; Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction. Pulmonary Medicine. Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 610802. Press Release. FDA approves lung valve to control some air leaks after surgery. Oct 24,2008.

Gillespie CT, Sterman DH, Cerfolio RJ, Nader D, Mulligan MS, Mularski RA, Musani AI, Kucharczuk JC, Gonzalez X, Springmeyer SC. Endobronchial valve treatment for prolonged air leaks of the lung: a case series. Ann Thorac Surg. 2011. 91:270–273

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