If a biopsy was done during bronchoscopy, complications
that may occur include:
- A tear in the lung from the biopsy forceps used
to collect a tissue sample. This will allow air to flow into the pleural space,
producing a partial collapse of the lung (pneumothorax).
- Bleeding caused by the
biopsy forceps used to collect the tissue.
- An infection from the
- A very small chance of death.
After the procedure
Call your doctor immediately
- Cough up more than
2 Tbsp (30 mL) of
- Have trouble breathing.
- Have a fever for more
than 24 hours. A mild fever [lower than
100°F (38°C)] may be present
right after the procedure, but this is not a concern.
Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows
your doctor to look at your airway through a thin viewing instrument called a
bronchoscope. Your doctor may discuss your results with you soon after the
procedure. Test results on any biopsy samples are usually available in 2 to 4
The large airway leading to the lungs and
the breathing tubes in the lungs appear normal. There are no objects, thick
secretions, or growths.
An object, thick secretions, or growths are
blocking your airway.
Tissue sample shows a lung infection or
disease, such as
What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to
have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
- A problem that limits your ability to extend
biopsy sample that is too small for a
Also, a biopsy collects tissue from such a small area, so
there is a chance that a cancer may be missed.
What To Think About
- Before a final diagnosis is made, the results
of a bronchoscopy will be considered along with your medical history, physical
examination, and the results of other tests including a chest
X-ray or a
computed tomography (CT) scan. A lung biopsy may be
needed when all of these other results are inconclusive.
- A needle biopsy with a CT
scan is commonly used because it can diagnose many lung problems. A
bronchoscopy may be a better option when the problem is close to the airway.
Your doctor will determine the best method for you.
bronchoscopy uses a CT scan to provide a picture of the throat and airways. It does not require the placement of a bronchoscope down the throat.
methods that use ultrasound and other technologies can help diagnose and treat
more problems than standard bronchoscopy. But these methods may not be