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A bronchoscopy is a minor procedure for examining the airways internally. It involves passing a bronchoscope (a flexible telescope) through the nose, down the trachea (“windpipe”) and into the lower airways within the lungs. The purpose is to directly visualise the inside of the airways. In addition, it is possible to obtain samples of mucous and other debris within the airways, remove foreign material that has been inhaled, and take tissue biopsies of abnormal areas.

Common reasons for undertaking bronchoscopy include

  • Lung infections
  • Infiltrates detected by radiological imaging of the lungs
  • Lung nodules and masses (including investigations for lung cancer)
  • Chronic cough

In general bronchoscopy is performed as a day procedure and most often it is done under deep sedation rather than a full general anaesthetic. The procedure itself takes approximately 30 minutes. Under experienced hands it is a safe procedure and the risk of significant complications is quite low.

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We take a patient-centered approach to medical care with the aim of empowering his patients to achieve better sleep and optimal long-term health outcomes.

Dr Adrian Chazan



Dr Chazan is a Respiratory & Sleep Physician, and General Physician. Born in Melbourne, he undertook his basic medical training at the University of Melbourne. With a passion for sleep and breathing, he trained at world-renowned centres of excellence in Melbourne and Sydney, including Westmead Hospital, the Alfred Hospital and Monash Medical Centre. Adrian has been involved in research activities in the fields of sleep apnoea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and exercise physiology.

Adrian utilises the latest findings in sleep research as well as the emerging technologies in diagnosis and treatment. He takes a patient-centered approach to medical care with the aim of empowering his patients to achieve better sleep and optimal long-term health outcomes.

Dr Rajiv Sharma



Dr Sharma completed his basic physician training in St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. Subsequently he trained in Respiratory Medicine at The Canberra Hospital and Sleep Medicine at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. Prior to relocating to Melbourne, he worked as a full time Respiratory & Sleep Medicine staff specialist at Townsville Hospital. Rajiv enjoys managing all aspects of Respiratory and Sleep disorders including Asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease, chronic cough, lung nodules, sleep apnoea, hypersomnolence, restless legs syndrome and other non-respiratory sleep disorders.

He also has a special interest in interventional pulmonology (bronchoscopic techniques). Dr Sharma also has keen interest and experience in medical education and research and has been involved in these areas for a number of years.