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glossary:bronchoscopy [2008/04/16 22:06]
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glossary:bronchoscopy [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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 +(1) A procedure that permits the doctor to see the breathing passages through a lighted tube.
 +(2) A procedure that uses a bronchoscope to examine the inside of the trachea, bronchi (air passages that lead to the [[lung]]s), and lungs. A bronchoscope is a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing. It may also have a tool to remove [[tissue]] to be checked under a microscope for signs of [[disease]]. The bronchoscope is inserted through the nose or mouth. Bronchoscopy may be used to detect [[cancer]] or to perform some treatment procedures.
 +(3) A diagnostic procedure in which a pulmonologist inserts a bronchoscope into the trachea, main stem bronchi, and some of the small bronchi. This procedure is typically used to take samples ([[biopsy]]) of suspicious [[lesion]]s and for culturing specific areas of the [[lung]]. ​
 +A bronchoscope is a flexible tube less than 1/2 inch wide and about 2 feet long. It has a tiny camera on the end. 
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