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A bronchoscopy is a procedure done under sedation that allows your physician to examine your airways or breathing passages in your lungs. Your physician will place a tube-like scope with a camera into your airway through your nose or mouth. With the scope, your airways and lungs can be examined and samples of tissue (biopsies) taken if needed. Prior to your procedure, you will be asked not to eat or drink for several hours and will require a driver to take you home because of the medicines provided to you during the procedure. Your physician will discuss the bronchoscopy at your office visit and any risks associated with the procedure, what to expect during and after the procedure, and follow up plan after your procedure.

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