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Flexible bronchoscopy is a common procedure used to determine the causes of abnormal chest x-rays and chest CAT scans. Bronchoscopy is combined with topical and intravenous anesthesia. With bronchoscopy, the physician can perform different kinds of biopsies, including lung biopsy and lymph node biopsy. Fluid can also be placed into the lung, then suctioned out to determine if infection exists. Bronchoscopy is also helpful in the diagnosis of lung cancer or cancers that metastasize to the lung. If patients have narrowing of their trachea or bronchi, bronchoscopy can be helpful to diagnose the cause, as well as determine what treatments would be needed.
At UC San Diego Medical Center’s Interventional Pulmonology Unit, the following interventional pulmonologists specialize in performing flexible bronchoscopy:
All referrals will still have the option of continuing their treatment with their primary care physicians after the flexible bronchoscopy.
Interventional PulmonologyUC San Diego Medical Center, 3rd Floor, South Wing200 West Arbor DriveSan Diego, CA 619-543-5840
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