I had a bronchoscopy last week. The consultant found she couldn't get into my right main bronchus because there "was a huge mass of phlegm, sputum and inspissated sputum that was impossible to suction out. I took some washings and removed some with the suction catheter and I also took some endobronchial biopsies of this. It had an ash-like blackened quality to it and the only time I have ever seen anything slightly similar to this the biopsy results turned out to be fungus."
Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Any suggestions/insights to offer?
I have confirmed APS and Sjogrens.
I am awaiting analyses.
Meanwhile, I think all her poking about in my lungs dislodged some of this gunk with the result that I ended up in A&E last night because I was coughing so hard I truly thought I was going to choke to death. Fortunately I eventually managed to hawk up a great gob of the stuff (which I unfortunately swallowed before I could produce it for further analysis) so I then felt substantially better - tho only relatively speaking! They then proceeded to totally ignore me once I was taken through to an A&E cubicle. After an hour, when we discovered there were still 10 people ahead of me to be seen, we walked out. Disgraceful.
I'm sort of OK for the moment, tho scared this will happen again and that I will, again be ignored by the NHS, perhaps with catastrophic results. But it would be very good to hear if anyone has any enlightenment to offer on this condition.