Jefferson University Hospitals


A pulmonologist performs a test called bronchoscopy to diagnose several lung diseases, cancers, infections, nodules or blockage by a tumor. At Jefferson, our expert pulmonologists will look at your vocal chords, lungs, windpipe or trachea to diagnose your condition using this method.

What Does Bronchoscopy Involve?

During a bronchoscopy, under conscious sedation, an anesthetic is sprayed into your nose and mouth and a flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope (a narrow tube about the width of a pencil) is passed down your throat, trachea and into the lungs to take cell and tissue samples.

The procedure is performed in the outpatient clinic or at the outpatient center at the Hospital. Your physician and nurses will go over specific instructions with you prior to the procedure. Blood tests are sometimes needed prior to the procedure.

What Happens After Bronchoscopy?

When the procedure is complete you will be observed until you are awake enough to leave. Your vital signs will be monitored. You will be given instructions to call the doctor's office with any chest pain or difficulty breathing. It is normal to cough up a small amount of blood for one to two days after the procedure, but you will be directed to call if it is greater than a small amount. You will have a follow-up in the office to discuss all results of the test.

A healthcare professional will call you in five to seven working days to check on you.