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What is a bronchoscopy?

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A bronchoscopy is a medical test that lets doctors look into your lungs and airways. The procedure uses a thin tube with a small camera and light at the end. The doctor inserts it through your nose or mouth, down your throat, and into your lungs. Most of the time, the tube is soft and flexible. The doctor might use a stiff tube if there's bleeding in your lungs or an object in your airway.

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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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