What is Bronchoscopy?

Bronchoscopy is a procedure that looks inside the lung airways. It involves inserting a bronchoscope tube, with its light and small camera, through your nose or mouth, down your throat into your trachea, or windpipe, and to the bronchi and bronchioles of your lungs. This procedure is used to find the cause of a lung problem. It can detect tumors, signs of infection, excess mucus in the airways, bleeding, or blockages in the lungs. It also can allow your doctor to take samples of mucus or tissue for other laboratory tests, as well as to insert airway stents, or small tubes, to keep your airway open to treat some lung problems.

What is Endobronchial Ultrasound(EBUS)?

Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is a technique that uses ultrasound along with bronchoscope to visualize airway wall and structures adjacent to it. It can be used to biopsy enlarged lymph nodes in the chest which could be from infection, inflammation or cancer.

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Only a physician can recommend a bronchoscopy is needed after talking to the patient and reviewing imaging studies. Currently we are offering bronchoscopy at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital (Humble) and Kingwood Hospital.