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Bronchoscopy (say "brawn-KOSS-kuh-pee") lets a doctor look at your child's airway through a tube called a bronchoscope. Afterward, your child may feel tired for 1 or 2 days. Your child's mouth may feel very dry for several hours after the procedure. Your child may also have a sore throat and a hoarse voice for a few days. To help soothe the sore throat, children age 4 and older may suck on throat lozenges. Children age 8 and older can gargle often with warm salt water.
If a sample of tissue (biopsy) was taken, your child may spit up a small amount of blood or have bloody saliva. This is normal.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. But each child recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line about any problems.
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Current as of: July 6, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & David C. Stuesse MD - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery
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