A bronchoscopy is a procedure that looks for abnormalities inside the airways and allows photographs and samples of abnormal tissue, called biopsies, to be taken. A thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end is inserted through either your nose or mouth into the airways. Local anaesthetic is applied to the back of the throat and you will be given sedation to make the procedure comfortable.
If an abnormal area is identified, small samples of tissue can be taken. These samples will be used to identify the type of lung cancer and assist in planning further treatments.
Prior to a bronchoscopy you will be unable to eat and drink for four hours. The test takes up to 30 minutes and you should be able to go home an hour after the procedure with a friend or relative. You may have a sore throat for a few days following the test, due to the presence of the tube, but this will soon settle.
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