What Is Emergency Bronchoscopy?
Emergency bronchoscopy is a surgical procedure that facilitates examination of the airways. The procedure involves the insertion of a tube (bronchoscope) through the mouth, or the nose, to examine the airways for blockages, tumors, bleeding, or inflammation. A rigid bronchoscopy uses a straight, hollow, metal tube and is particularly useful for removing foreign bodies. A flexible bronchoscopy uses a long thin, clear, fibrous tube that transmits light images as it bends, permitting it to reach further into the airway.
How Is Emergency Bronchoscopy Done?
Healthcare professionals put patients under general or local anesthesia and, depending on the procedure, pass a flexible or rigid tube into the bronchus. Small instruments are passed through the tube to extract blockages, collect sample tissues, or evaluate the nature of any bleeding. Phlegm may also be drawn out for study. The wound heals quickly and does not need stitches. An emergency bronchoscopy, using a flexible bronchoscope, can be safely performed under local anesthesia. Healthcare professionals take the patient straight into the operating room. If possible, the patient should inform doctors about his or her current medication and/or allergies.
Emergency Bronchoscopy: Post-operative Healthcare.
After an emergency bronchoscopy procedure, it is fairly common to suffer from minor coughs, throat irritation, or blood in the phlegm. These conditions can be treated with time, antibiotics, and painkillers. In addition, some patients may have respiratory or pulmonary complications due to the anesthesia. If any infections or irritations last more than a day or so, it is best to consult the physician for advice.