Bronchoscopy is an investigation performed as a day procedure under sedation. A small flexible telescope is passed through the nose or mouth into the major airways of the lungs.
During the procedure, small amounts of saline solution are introduced into the airways and are then sent off for testing to determine whether there is any infection or any abnormal cells. Where necessary, biopsies can be taken from the lining of the airways, the lung tissue or from lymph nodes adjacent to the lung.
Bronchoscopies are sometimes used to investigate symptoms such as chronic cough or the coughing of blood. It is also used in the diagnosis of lung cancer and some inflammatory diseases of the lungs and the airways.
Our Respiratory Physicians either perform bronchoscopies themselves and have easy access to bronchoscopy services in both public and private hospitals.