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Dr. Karen Ann Hardy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Karen Hardy sees patients in Walnut Creek, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Emeryville, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Her clinical interests include lung problems. Dr. Hardy takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Hardy is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Ngoc Phuong Ly, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Ngoc Ly specializes in pediatric pulmonology and practices in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Ly has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Ly speaks Vietnamese. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Elizabeth Rachel Morrison, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Gibb sees patients in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gibb honors. Dr. Gibb attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She has an open panel.

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Dr. Kensho Iwanaga, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Kensho Iwanaga is a physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Iwanaga accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He trained at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland for residency. He is affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

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Dr. Meghan McGarry, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Meghan McGarry works as a pediatric pulmonologist in Oakland, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, and San Francisco, CA. She takes Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. McGarry attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. She is affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

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What is Bronchoscopy?

Bronchoscopy is a procedure in which a thin tube with a camera, called a bronchoscope, is inserted in your mouth or nose and slowly advanced to your lungs. This allows your doctor to see your respiratory tract, which includes your throat, larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe), bronchi (airways), and lungs. If you have or show signs of lung problems - for example, lung cancer or difficulty breathing - your doctor may recommend that you undergo a bronchoscopy.

In performing a diagnostic bronchoscopy, your doctor may only wish to visualize your respiratory tract, or your doctor may also collect samples of tissue or fluid. The samples can help diagnose your condition or, if you have cancer, they can be used for staging purposes. One method for sample collection is bronchoalveolar lavage. In a bronchoalveolar lavage, your doctor injects saline (salt water) through the bronchoscope and then suctions it out of your airways. The washout collected is tested for lung disorders. Your doctor can also insert a biopsy tool to collect tissue or mucus samples. The following are biopsies that can be performed by bronchoscopy:

  • Brush biopsy, which uses a brush to collect samples.
  • Endobronchial biopsy, which uses the bronchoscope to guide forceps to sample lung tissue.
  • Transbronchial biopsy, which uses forceps and image guidance - such as X-rays, CT scans, or fluoroscopy - to sample lung tissue.
  • Transbronchial fine needle aspiration (TBNA), which uses a small needle to take samples of the lymph nodes or lungs.

For visualization, bronchoscopy can be done alone, or it can be combined with ultrasound. Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) allows real-time imaging of your airway and is used for diagnosing and staging lung cancer, as well as for determining where the cancer has spread. EBUS can be performed with TBNA, a procedure known as endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA).

Your doctor can also use bronchoscopy as a treatment for lung problems. For example, if a foreign body is trapped in your airway, your doctor can insert forceps through the bronchoscope to remove it. If your airway has become narrowed - which may occur if you have an infection, cancer, or some other inflammatory issue - bronchoscopy can be used to place a device called a stent in the area of constriction. The stent will keep your airway open, allowing you to breathe properly.

During a bronchoscopy, you will be given medication (sedative) to help you relax. If it is only a diagnostic bronchoscopy, you will be kept awake, but if your bronchoscopy is for therapeutic purposes, you will be put to sleep by general anesthesia. After your procedure, you will need to stay in the hospital for a few hours. You will not be able to eat or drink for about 2 hours. You may experience some discomfort, such as a sore throat or pain while swallowing. Throat lozenges and gargling may help alleviate your symptoms, which should go away after a few days. You will need to have someone drive you home once your doctor determines that you are ready.

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