Bronchoscopy is an examination of the inside of the lung, including the trachea and bronchi. This procedure was traditionally performed with a patient sedated – however technological advances now permit performance of this procedure with a patient awake.
Bronchoscopy may be necessary for a number of reasons including:
Evaluation of noisy breathing
Evaluation of difficulty breathing
Panendoscopy, or evaluation of spread of head and neck cancer
Monitoring of prior airway surgeries