Route Of Bronchoscope

Viewing the bronchi

The bronchoscope is inserted through a nostril under local anaesthetic, and the bronchi are examined through the eyepiece.

l92> Shortness of breath

It is normal to become short of breath after strenuous exercise. Pregnant women and people who are overweight become short of breath most easily. However, if you are breathing rapidly or you are "puffing" at rest or after very gentle exercise, you may have a problem affecting the heart or respiratory system. Because such problems may be serious and threaten the oxygen supply to the tissues, it is very important to seek medical advice without delay if you become short of breath for no apparent reason. A sudden shortness of breath and an inability to make any sound that comes on while eating is probably due to choking and needs urgent first-aid treatment (see Choking, p.294).

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