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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 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: February 24, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & David C. Stuesse MD - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery
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