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Reasons for Procedure
- Diagnose a lung disease or infection
- Examine obstructions and secretions
- Obtain a tissue sample, called a biopsy
- Obtain a secretion sample
- Investigate the source of a persistent cough or blood that is being coughed up
- Check for a foreign object (eg, gum, nut, or other object) that may have accidentally been inhaled rather than swallowed
- Collapsed lung
- Irregular heart rate
- Sore and swollen throat
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- X-rays of lungs
- Blood tests
- CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of the inside of the body
- Anti-inflammatory drugs (eg, aspirin )
- Blood thinners, like clopidogrel (Plavix) or warfarin (Coumadin)
- Arrange for a ride to and from the procedure.
- The night before, eat a light meal. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- Spit out saliva. Do not try to swallow it while your throat muscles are numb.
- Do not eat or drink anything while your throat is numb. The numbness will last for about two hours.
- When you are able to eat, start with sips of water. Progress to solid food when ready.
- If you had a biopsy, do not cough or clear your throat.
- A chest x-ray will usually be taken before you go home.
- Do not drive until the sedative has completely worn off and you are fully awake.
- If you had to stop medicines before the procedure, ask your doctor when you can start again.
- Resume your normal diet, unless told otherwise by your doctor.
- Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions .
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Coughing up more than a teaspoon of blood
- Severe nausea or vomiting
- Increased or unusual wheezing
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
American Lung Association http://www.lungusa.org/
American Thoracic Society http://www.thoracic.org/
Canadian Lung Association http://www.lung.ca/home-accueil%5Fe.php/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php/
American College of Chest Physicians website. Available at: http://www.chestnet.org/ . Accessed October 14, 2005.
American Thoracic Society website. Available at: http://www.thoracic.org/ . Accessed October 14, 2005.
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 03/2013 -
- Update Date: 00/31/2013 -