Bronchoscopy is the visual examination of the air passages leading into the lungs. The exam is done with a bronchoscope, a long, thin tube with a camera on the tip.
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Bronchoscopy is most often done for the following reasons:
- Diagnose a lung disease or infection
- Examine obstructions and secretions
- Obtain a tissue sample, called a biopsy
- Obtain a secretion sample
- Investigate the source of a persistent cough or blood that is being coughed up
- Check for a foreign object that may have accidentally been inhaled rather than swallowed
Last reviewedAugust 2014by Michael Woods, MD
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