The investigation whereby the doctor looks down the throat and into the wind-pipe (the trachea) and bronchial tubes to see directly the tumour. The usual first type of bronchoscopy is the fibreoptic scope which is a wiggly/flexible and narrow tube which is manipulated the nose to reach the air passages in the conscious patient. The second type of bronchoscopy is via the rigid scope and allows the operator to assess fixation of the tumour better and get a larger biopsy; the procedure is performed under general anaesthesia.
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