Bronchoscopy In-Depth

Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows our doctors to examine your child’s throat, larynx, trachea and lower airways through a fiber optic tool called a bronchoscope.

  • At Boston Children’s, a bronchoscopy is used to diagnose problems with your child’s airway, lungs or lymph nodes, including cystic fibrosis.

  • Also used to take fluid and tissue samples from the lung.

Other procedures include whole lung lavage, airway dilation, airway stent placement and removal and/or biopsy of airway lesions.

Will my child need anesthesia?

Uncomplicated procedures are performed using local sedation in our Gastroenterology Procedures Unit.

More technically challenging procedures are performed in the hospital operating room suite, where rooms are fully staffed by an anesthesiologist and O.R. nurses. Your child will likely receive general anesthesia.