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Reasons for Procedure
- Diagnose cancer, a lung disease, or an infection
- Examine for obstructions and abnormal 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
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Collapsed lung
- Irregular heart rate
- Sore and swollen throat
- Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Arrange for a ride to and from the procedure.
- The night before, eat a light meal. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- Take an x-ray of your lungs.
- Encourage you to sip water. You will gradually progress to solid foods.
- If you had to stop medications before the procedure, ask your doctor when you can start again.
- Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Coughing up more than a teaspoon of blood
- Severe nausea or vomiting
- Increased or unusual stridor, which is a noisy sound that is heard when breathing
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
American Lung Association http://www.lung.org
American Thoracic Society http://www.thoracic.org
Canadian Lung Association http://www.lung.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2015 -
- Update Date: 09/09/2014 -