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Flexible (fiberoptic) Bronchoscope
A rigid bronchoscope is a straight, metal tube with an inner diameter of up to one centimetre. It is inserted through the mouth, the patient lying in a supine position and the neck hyper extended. The procedure causes significant discomfort and is performed under general anesthesia.
Rigid bronchoscopy is less often used today, but it remains the procedure of choice for removing foreign materials, as the greater diameter of the rigid bronchoscope allows instruments to be more easily inserted through it. Rigid bronchoscopy also becomes useful when bleeding interferes with viewing the examining area, and allows for more interventions, such as cautery to stop the bleeding.