What Is a Bronchoscopy?

The bronchoscope is a thin, flexible tube passed through your mouth or nose, down the trachea, through the bronchi into the lungs, and into the smaller branches of the airway, the bronchioles. A bronchoscopy allows your physician to evaluate the condition of your airway and lungs, take tissue samples and perform treatments, including:

  • Suction out secretions or blood
  • Remove foreign objects
  • Control bleeding
  • Remove lesions
  • Place stents
  • Inject medicine into the lungs

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