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Will I be awake during a bronchoscopy?

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The doctor may give you a medicine to make you sleepy through an IV, a tube that goes into a vein. The IV will stay in place during the process in case you need more. You'll be awake and able to answer questions, though you'll feel sleepy and relaxed. It's rare, but you might get medicine that puts you completely to sleep. This is called general anesthesia. Either way, you'll need someone to take you home. You won't be able to drive because the anesthesia can take many hours to wear off.

From: What Is a Bronchoscopy? WebMD Medical Reference

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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