The nurse is caring for a patient suspected of having lung cancer. The physician performs a bronchoscopy to obtain a biopsy. Which of the following should be reported to the physician?

Asymmetrical decreased breath sounds
Bronchospasm
Chest pain

Explanation

Bronchospasms are an unexpected side effect and should be reported to the physician immediately to prevent respiratory failure.

Dyspnea, asymmetrical decreased breath sounds, and chest pain can indicate a pneumothorax. Although a pneumothorax is a known potential side effect of a biopsy, symptoms should be reported to the physician to prevent respiratory failure.

Cough and drowsiness (from conscious sedation) are expected side effects.

Red sputum is expected after a biopsy for several hours.

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