Bronchoscopy tests are available at Spire Hartswood Hospital in Brentwood and are a means of looking at your airways to find the cause of symptoms, such as a chronic cough, or to investigate if lung disease or lung cancer is suspected.

The test is carried out under sedation using a flexible endoscope (telescope), which is passed through the patient's nose or mouth, past the voice box and windpipe and into the branches of their airways.

During this process, doctors are able to see the inside of the airways including the voice box and windpipe, and take a biopsy of any areas that appear abnormal.

Doctors may also use a bronchoscopy for treatment, for example to place a stent to open constricted airways or to remove foreign objects.

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