Fiberoptic bronchoscopy is a semi-invasive test, usually done in a hospital or ambulatory surgical center. Under conscious sedation or anesthesia, a flexible endoscope with a bright light and camera is passed through the mouth and is advanced into airways to perform a detailed inspection of the airways.
Common indications to perform bronchoscopy include:
- Evaluation of lung mass / abnormal CT scan of chest
- Evaluation of mediastinal adenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes in chest)
- Hemoptysis (coughing up blood)
- Evaluation of pneumonia / other infections
- Removal of foreign body
All physicians at PCCMA perform this procedure at Holy Spirit Hospital and hospitals affiliated with PinnacleHealth.