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What are the risks of bronchoscopy?

Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
The primary risk with bronchoscopy is bleeding from the site of the biopsy, but this occurs in less than 1% of patients. Other rare complications include lung collapse, hoarseness, sore nose or throat. You will be monitored closely for several hours after the procedure to make sure no complications arise. If you have a heart murmur, heart valve problems or artificial joints, remind your doctor. You may need to take an antibiotic before the bronchoscopy as a precaution.

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