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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
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:
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.
Medically reviewed by James E Gerace, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/3/2016
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