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What are the risks of a bronchoscopy?

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A bronchoscopy is usually safe, but there are a few risks. If your oxygen levels drop during the procedure, the doctor can give you oxygen. Afterward, you could get a fever or pneumonia. You might have some bleeding. It's rare, but a bronchoscopy can cause a collapsed lung. This is treatable, but you'll have to stay in the hospital. Your doctor may do a chest X-ray after a bronchoscopy to check for any problems.

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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