(Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy)
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Reasons for Procedure
- Take a biopsy of lung tissue
- Place markers for future treatment
- Insert internal radiation therapy catheters into cancerous lung tissue
- Collapsed lung
- Irregular heart rate
- Sore and swollen throat
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- Blood tests
- Arrange for a ride to and from the medical center.
- Eat a light meal the night before. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will it Take?
Will it Hurt?
- Spit out saliva. Do not try to swallow it while your throat muscles are numb.
- Do not eat or drink anything while your throat is numb. The numbness may last for about two hours.
- When you are able to eat, start with sips of water. Progress to solid food when ready.
- If you had a biopsy, try not to cough or clear your throat.
- If you had to stop medications before the procedure, ask your doctor when you can start again.
- Resume your normal diet, unless told otherwise by your doctor.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Coughing up more than a small amount of blood
- Severe nausea or vomiting
- Increased or unusual wheezing or stridor
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
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American Thoracic Society http://www.thoracic.org
Canadian Lung Association http://www.lung.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -
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