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Bronchoscopy is a common procedure that allows pediatric pulmonologists to evaluate and provide treatment for conditions affecting a child’s airways, larynx and lungs.
A bronchoscope is a thin, flexible lighted tube with a camera that is inserted through the nose. This allows doctors to directly inspect the larynx (voice box), windpipe (trachea) and large and small airways to the lungs.
Bronchoscopy is used to detect breathing problems that include:
The bronchoscope can also provide treatment options such as:
Although bronchoscopy is considered a safe procedure, potential complications include:
If your child is in the hospital for any reason and also requires a bronchoscopy, the procedure can be performed as part of the hospital stay. If your child is not in the hospital, he or she can receive an outpatient bronchoscopy.
Your child will receive care from a team that includes a pulmonologist, an anesthesiologist, a respiratory therapist and a nurse.
If your child will be undergoing an outpatient bronchoscopy test, you should arrive at least one and a half hours before the procedure. Be sure your child does not eat or drink anything for at least four to eight hours before the test. The surgery staff will call you a few days before the test with detailed fasting instructions that are based on your child's age and diet.
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