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Bronchoscopy Necessary?
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Bronchoscopy Necessary?

My mother is 83 and in good health.  At a routine check-up her doctor heard some chest rales and ordered a CT scan of her lungs.  The CT came back with small nodules/scars and some bronchiectasis.  She does not have any symptoms of infection and a TB test came back negative.  We went to a pulmonologist and he wanted to do a bronchoscopy.  We did not do it at that time and opted to repeat the CT 6 months later.  There was no change from the original CT and her lab work is generally all within normal ranges.  I think they are suspecting some type of bacterial infection (MAC, etc).

Her doctor is again recommending she have a bronchoscopy to get sputum culures, etc.  Are their other tests which could be performed before doing a bronchoscopy?  I am concerned about an invasive procedure for my 83  year old mom...if not absolutely necessary?
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