Bronchoscopy Procedure Side Effects, and Complications


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Comment from: Bobby Gan G. , 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 30

My friend has got a bypass, and after that water problem in his lungs. After the treatment he has been using oxygen at night, and he has got problem with walking. Three weak back his doctor referred him to a clinic, and from there the doctor referred him to another clinic for bronchoscopy. During the process he has got complications and now he is in coma. He is in a German clinic.

Comment from: weezer, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I had a scan that showed a mass in my upper right lung, so I had a bronchoscopy and it revealed allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillus. I was on an antifungal medication for 30 days along with an antibiotic and prednisone. I continued with an antibiotic for another 60 days and finally I could breathe normally; it was an ordeal and I lost 8 lb. After the bronchoscopy you will cough and cough and have a sore throat and GERD like symptoms after eating a meal. This may last for 2-3 weeks and then you should be okay.

Comment from: Gigi, 65-74 (Patient) Published: May 13

After my bronchoscopy I began to shake with chills uncontrollably. Then I ran a fever 103 up and down for 24 hours. I came home the 3rd day running low fever and chills. I am not sure if this is normal.

Comment from: Gus, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 30

My brother had a bronchoscopy due to having pain on his left shoulder side. CT scan revealed two necrotic lung lesions, and another was scheduled in December but cancelled until January 18, 2018 due to most doctors involved not speaking with me. Perhaps they don't think we will understand the terms, or death perhaps requires no explanation as happened to my brother ten days after bronchoscopy. I admitted him cognitively impaired, with possible seizures, to emergency room. He was found with nine brain abscesses with gram negative bacteria as well as other anaerobes. Death followed after lingering for five days in a coma, with numerous MRIs following a second operation revealing smaller shrinkage, however finding a larger growth in the other region. Bacteria is invasive yes, but there was no conclusive finding as to the host, and he was never prescribed antibiotics. Shame, only a two week pain in June before the pulmonary doctor began bronchoscopy. Common sense would prevail to admit this patient in the hospital for large doses of antibiotic therapy. Common sense does not prevail!

Comment from: GS, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 03

I recently went through bronchoscopy and to check what exactly the mass was, in the right lung. Before bronchoscopy when I sneezed or coughed I didn't have any pain, after bronchoscopy when I sneeze or cough my lungs and chest are paining. I am waiting for the result.


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