I just have a cough. Do I need to have a bronchoscopy?

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For some patients with cough, the doctor after chest radiography, lung CT scan and pulmonary function examination, may recommend the patient

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For some patients with cough, the doctor after chest radiography, lung CT scan and pulmonary function examination, may recommend the patient to do further electronic bronchoscopy. The patient will ask: "doctor, I just cough, although the time is a little long, but the cough is not very fierce, you have done several checks for me, but also can not see a cough? Is it necessary to give me a bronchoscopy?" The answer is: really necessary.

For patients with cough, especially chronic cough, in addition to the common disease of cough variant asthma, respiratory syndrome and gastroesophageal reflux cough, eosinophilic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary function, and if the film FeNo examination still can not determine the causes of cough, sputum or with the blood; especially in the elderly over 40 years or long-term smokers; chest imaging findings of pulmonary shadows; protracted pneumonia; suspected bronchial tuberculosis; after eating when suddenly cough cough aggravated gradually eliminating tracheal foreign body etc., should be done as soon as possible electronic bronchoscopy, the doctor can directly observe whether the bronchial mucosa lesions, whether the tumor growth, whether bronchial tuberculosis, whether there is need to remove the foreign body, whether in the electronic bronchoscope Rare diseases not considered. Can also be used in endoscopic biopsy, new biological lung biopsy, brush biopsy of bronchial secretions by lavage inspection microbial identification etc.. All these work will help you diagnose the primary cause of cough.

In short, the cause of cough is complicated, the common disease is easy to diagnose, some cause the cause of cough need to perform electronic bronchoscopy to assist in the diagnosis, some of the diseases caused by cough and even only bronchoscopy can diagnose. If you have a doctor to arrange for bronchoscopy, as far as possible in order to identify the early onset of cough.

 

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