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What conditions can a bronchoscopy diagnose?

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It can help your doctor:

  • Diagnose a lung problem
  • Spot a lung infection
  • Biopsy lung tissue
  • Remove a blockage, like mucus or a tumor
  • Put a stent (a small tube) into an airway to hold your airway open
  • Treat a lung problem, such as bleeding or a collapsed lung
  • Look at lymph nodes near your lungs

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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