Bronchoscopy (including Endobronchial Ultrasonography)
What is Bronchoscopy?
Bronchoscopy is a procedure used to visualise the inside of your airways. It allows the doctor to diagnose airway abnormalities including infection/inflammation, tumours, and other respiratory and lung conditions. A flexible bronchoscope is inserted into the airways through the nose or the mouth. The procedure does not require general anaesthesia and is usually done using conscious sedation (medication that makes you sleepy and relaxed).
Airway or lung tissue specimen can be collected through by means of biopsies or bronchoalveolar lavage.
Bronchoscopy also provides therapeutic purposes, for example, it can be used to remove fluid or mucus, or possible foreign objects that could be obstructing the airways.