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Does a bronchoscopy hurt?

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It shouldn't. A doctor or nurse will spray your mouth with numbing medicine. They may spray or put numbing gel into your nose, too. It won't taste good, but the flavor will go away. It may be uncomfortable when the bronchoscope goes in, but it shouldn't hurt. You may have a sore throat or be hoarse for a few days. Cough drops can help.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchoscopy.”

American Cancer Society: “Bronchoscopy.”

Chest Foundation: “Bronchoscopy.”

American Lung Association: “Bronchoscopy.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Bronchoscopy.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 31, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchoscopy.”

American Cancer Society: “Bronchoscopy.”

Chest Foundation: “Bronchoscopy.”

American Lung Association: “Bronchoscopy.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Bronchoscopy.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 31, 2019

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