Bronchoscopic culture is a laboratory exam to check a piece of tissue or fluid from the lungs for infection-causing organisms.
Culture – bronchoscopic
How the Test is Performed
A procedure called
is used to get a sample (
The sample is sent to a laboratory. There, it is placed in a special dish (culture). It is then watched to see if bacteria or other disease-causing organisms grow. Treatment is based on the results of the culture.
How to Prepare for the Test
Follow your health care provider’s instructions on how to prepare for bronchoscopy.
How the Test will Feel
Your health care provider will tell you what to expect during bronchoscopy.
Why the Test is Performed
A bronchoscopic culture is done to find infection in the lung that cannot be accurately detected by a
Abnormal lung tissue
Obstructive lesions, such as cancer or foreign bodies
No organisms are seen on the culture.
What Abnormal Results Mean
Abnormal culture results usually indicate a respiratory infection. The infection may be caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, mycobacteria, or fungi. The results of the culture will help determine the best treatment.
Not all organisms found with bronchoscopic culture need to be treated. Your doctor will tell you more about this if needed.
Your health care provider can discuss the risks of the bronchoscopy procedure with you.