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Bronchoscopy and/or Laryngoscopy: Discharge instructions

What is a bronchoscopy and/or laryngoscopy?

In surgery, the doctor uses instruments including a slender tube with a light on the end to look at the respiratory tract including larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe), and bronchial tubes (airways). This helps the doctor better understand and treat your child's breathing problem.

What can I expect after the procedure?

Your child may have a sore throat or mild pain in the chest for 1 or 2 days afterwards.

Please follow any instructions on your child's Patient Discharge Summary sheet.

What can my child eat?

Your child can go back to his or her regular diet. If your child has a sore throat, offer cool liquids and soft foods.

How active can my child be?

The day after the procedure, your child may return to regular activities, including school or daycare.

When should I call the doctor?

Call the doctor right away if:

  • temperature higher than 102° F (38.8° C) that doesn't go down with acetaminophen
  • pain not controlled by medicine
  • fast or noisy breathing
  • wheezing (whistling sound with breathing)
  • retracting (chest or neck skin pulls in with each breath)
  • coughing up blood or bloody mucus
  • bluish color around the lips, mouth, or fingernails - call 911


This sheet is not specific to your child but provides general information. If you have any questions, please call the doctor.

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