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What To Expect Before Bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy is done in a hospital or special clinic. To prepare for the procedure, tell your doctor:

  • What medicines you're taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines. It's helpful to give your doctor a list of your medicines.
  • Whether you’ve had any bleeding problems.
  • Whether you have any allergies to medicines or latex.

You’ll be given medicine before the procedure to help you relax. The medicine will make you sleepy, so you should arrange for a ride home after the procedure.

You’ll have to fast (not eat or drink anything) for 6–12 hours before the procedure. Your doctor will let you know the exact amount of time you should fast.

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