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Bronchoscopy (say "bron-KOSS-koh-pee") is a type of procedure. The doctor uses a flexible tube to look at your child's airway. This tube is called a bronchoscope. It lets your doctor see your child's throat, voice box (larynx), windpipe (trachea), and bronchial tubes.
There are many reasons to have this procedure. Your doctor may look for problems with your child's airway. Or he or she may remove an object or growth. Your doctor could also take a sample of tissue to study. This is called a biopsy.
The doctor will put the bronchoscope into your child's mouth or nose and down the throat. This may seem scary. But your child will get medicine or anesthesia before the procedure. He or she will be relaxed or asleep.
Most people go home the same day. Your child will probably be back to a normal routine in 1 or 2 days. Depending on the reason for the procedure, your child's recovery could take longer. Your doctor will give you more information after the procedure.
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 the doctor 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.
Procedures can be stressful for both your child and you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's procedure.
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Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & David C. Stuesse MD - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery
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