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How do you prepare for a bronchoscopy?

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Your doctor will give you instructions, but most of the time:

  • Don't eat or drink after midnight the night before the test.
  • If you take medication daily, ask your doctor if you should take it on the day of the procedure. If you take aspirin or blood thinners, your doctor may suggest not taking those the week before your bronchoscopy. They'll probably tell you not to take ibuprofen for a week before the procedure.

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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