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A laryngoscopy is a procedure to examine the larynx. Fiberoptic laryngoscopy can be performed in the office using thin flexible scopes while the patient is awake. Laryngoscopy with other instruments is performed under anesthesia in the operating room. Using a thin, lighted tube called a fiberoptic laryngoscope, your doctor will view the airways and the structure and function of the voice box, including the motion of the vocal cords.
A bronchoscopy is a diagnostic test used to view the inside of the windpipe and the lungs.
These procedures can also be used to remove foreign bodies in the breathing passages or digestive tract treat masses or cysts in the airway. Therefore they can be considered therapeutic as well.
Your doctor will give you very specific instructions about how to prepare for this procedure. Please follow those directions exactly.
Your doctor can identify structural problems immediately; additional culture or biopsies may take several days.
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