Caring for your Child after a Laryngoscopy or Bronchoscopy
What Is a Laryngoscopy or
A laryngoscopy or bronchoscopy is an exam
of the inside of the throat or air passages that
lead to the lungs. A viewing tube (scope)
with a light on the end is passed through the
mouth and down the throat. In some cases, a
biopsy may be taken or tissue may be
removed from the throat or airway.
What to Expect
ξ It is normal to cough up a small amount
of blood. This is from the “scope”
irritating the airway.
ξ Give acetaminophen (Tylenol ) or
ibuprofen for pain relief or fever if
needed. Follow the directions on the
ξ Your child can take part in his normal
routine once he has recovered from the
ξ Your child may feel sick to his stomach
from the anesthesia. Start with clear
liquids and advance to solid food as his
stomach can handle it. If your child has
nausea or vomiting, start over with clear
ξ Keep your child away from second-hand
smoke since this is irritating to breathe.
ξ Your child may have a hoarse voice.
This should improve slowly and be back
to normal in a few days.
When to Call the Doctor or Nurse
If your child has:
ξ Rapid breathing, difficulty breathing or
extra-noisy breathing, take him to the
nearest emergency room to be checked
and call your doctor.
ξ Any bleeding after the day of surgery.
ξ Nausea or vomiting that lasts for more
than 24 hours.
ξ A fever over 102 θ F (when taken by
ξ Pain not controlled by Tylenol or
ξ Discomfort with swallowing for more
than 24 hours.
Pediatric Otolaryngology (ENT) Clinic
(608) 265-7760 weekdays from 8:30 am to
After clinic hours, weekends or holidays,
call (608) 262-0486. Ask for the ENT
doctor on call. Leave your name and phone
number with the area code. The doctor will
return your call. If outside of Madison, call
toll-free at: 1-800-323-8942.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 5/2016. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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