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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