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Procedures:

Bronchoscopy:

A Bronchoscopy is a procedure to examine the airways and diagnose any lung problems. During the procedure, a small flexible tube with a special light and tiny camera called a Bronchoscope is used to see the insides of the airways and lungs.

A Bronchoscopy is about a 45 to 60 minute procedure which is performed in an outpatient surgical setting.   

Thoracentesis:

Thoracentesis is a procedure to remove any excess fluid from the plural space, which is the space between the lungs and the chest wall. This procedure is performed with a needle being inserted into the chest wall and fluid is removed, collected, and sent to a lab to be examined.

This is a relatively quick procedure, usually taking no longer than 15 – 20 minutes.

Endobronchial Ultrasound:

Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) is a relatively new procedure which allows physicians, through ultrasound guidance, to perform needle aspirations to enlarged lymph nodes using a Bronchoscope inserted through the mouth. The samples taken during an EBUS can be used in diagnosing cancer, or other diseases that can affect the lungs.

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