Capital & Coast DHB Respiratory Service
During this test, a thin flexible tube with a camera at the tip is passed through the nose and windpipe to view the air passages in the lungs. Usually we give an injection of a sedative medication first and put local anaesthetic in the nose and throat (local anaesthetic gel or liquid, not injection). We can look at the lining of the air passages and take samples to check for infection or inflammation or cancer.
We have a special room for doing this procedure, attached to the EDSU (Extended Day Surgery Unit).