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Bronchoscopy is a test used to help diagnose lung problems. A thin, flexible tube is used and allows the doctor to look at your breathing passages.


  • Follow your doctor's instructions carefully
  • No food or drink 6 to 12 hours before the test
  • Arrange for an adult to drive you home after the test


  • You will lie on your back for the procedure
  • You will be given a breathing treatment prior to the actual test
  • You will be given mediations through the intravenous (IV) line to make you drowsy
  • In addition, your nose and throat will be numbed with a special spray
  • Your doctor will insert the tube into your nose which might cause a gagging sensation
  • Your airway will remain open with the tube in place, but you won't be able to talk
  • The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes.