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