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Worried about past bronchoscopy
Mar 9, 2002

I just heard about a recall on defective bronchoscopes that have caused cases of pseudomonas aeruginosa. I had a bronchoscopy to detect PCP this past summer. It was treated successfully, but I've had continuing tightness in my chest and some dry coughing. Is it possible this could be from a residual infection caused by the bronchoscope? Or, if I was infected, would I have gotten very sick right after the procedure? I'm hoping you might know about pseudomonas symptoms, in case I should follow this up. I'm not sure if this hospital used the defective instrument or not, but I can try to find out. Thanks for any help.

Response from Dr. Feinberg

If you had developed a Pseudomonas infection from a defective bronchoscope, you would be sick with fever, purulent sputum, etc. Pseudomonas pneumonia is not a silent infection. The fact that your exposure was last summer makes it almost impossible that you have had an untreated Pseudomonas infection since then.

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