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. The tube may be flexible or rigid, depending on why it is being done.
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Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
- Sore and swollen throat
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Irritation of the airways or vocal cords
- Hole in the airway or collapsed lung
- Irregular heart rate
Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications, such as:
- Chronic disease, such as diabetes or obesity
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