Flexible laryngoscopy or nasopharyngoscopy (1700)

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What is flexible laryngoscopy/nasopharyngoscopy?

This procedure lets the doctor see the upper airway.  This includes the nose, palate, adenoids, tonsils, back of the tongue and voice box. A flexible tube called an endoscope is used.  It has light carrying fibers to help the doctor see.  If your child is having breathing problems, the doctor can see the upper airway. If there are speech problems, the doctor can look to see if the palate is closing at the back of the throat as it should. 


What happens during and after the procedure?

What will happen if my child is having speech testing?

Speech testing may be done during the procedure.  Your child will be asked to say these phrases:

When will I know the results?

The doctor will tell you the results once the procedure is done.  

Will my child need any follow up care at home?

The doctor will talk with you about any follow up care that is needed.


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child:

  • Is coughing or choking while eating or drinking.
  • Has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.