Pediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy

Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine

Pediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy

Contact Information
(608) 263-6420

The pediatric pulmonology team at the American Family Children's Hospital offers consultation and comprehensive care for children with various respiratory disorders.

A bronchoscopy is an exam of the inside of the lungs and airway. A thin, flexible viewing tube is passed through the nose, down the back of the throat, and into the lungs. Your child will be able to breathe around this tube.

What to Expect
Your child will be given a shot or an IV medicine to help him or her relax and become sleepy for the exam. Numbing drops are also used on the nose and throat so that your child will not feel the bronchoscopy tube being passed.
Parents may stay in the room while your child is sedated, but parents will be asked to go to the waiting room once it is time for the exam to begin. The exam takes about 45 minutes, and the doctor will talk with the parents as soon as it is done. The entire visit at the clinic may be up to three or four hours.