Culture - bronchoscopic
Bronchoscopic culture is a laboratory exam to check a piece of tissue from the lungs for infection-causing organisms.
A sample of lung tissue is needed. For information on how that sample is obtained, see: Bronchoscopy
The sample is sent to a laboratory, and placed in a special dish (culture media) that allows bacteria or viruses to grow. The sample is placed under a microscope and examined daily for the presence of bacteria or other infection-causing organisms. Treatment is based on the results of the culture.
This article discusses the culture test. For information on preparing for the procedure to take the tissue sample, see: Bronchoscopy
A bronchoscopic culture is done to find infection in the lung that cannot be accurately detected by a sputum culture. The procedure may find evidence of infection, such as:
A bronchoscopy may also be performed for respiratory conditions other than infection, such as when cancer is suspected.
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