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Why is a Laryngoscopy done?

Your SFENTA physician will likely recommend a laryngoscopy if you are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • A breathy, hoarse or weak voice
  • Sensation of a lump in the throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Throat and ear pain
  • Bloody mucus
  • Chronic cough
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Indirect or direct flexible laryngoscopy

You have two options for this diagnostic test: indirect and direct.

With an indirect laryngoscopy, your doctor will hold a small mirror at the back of your throat while simultaneously shining a bright light into your mouth. He or she will then ask you to make high-pitched and low-pitched sounds so your vocal cords can be evaluated.

With direct laryngoscopy, your doctor will use a thin flexible scope to examine your throat. If you can tolerate the exam, no anesthesia is necessary. However, many patients require a local anesthetic to numb the throat. To perform the test, your doctor will insert a scope through your nose and down your throat to obtain a clear and unobstructed view of your airway.

Your Results

In general, visualizing the larynx with direct or indirect laryngoscopy is sufficient to arrive at a definitive diagnosis and rule out a number of conditions.

If any abnormalities are found, your SFENTA physician will review them with you. In some cases, he or she will also take fluid or tissue samples from suspicious areas. The samples will then be sent to a lab where they will be examined under a microscope to look for the presence of unusual or cancerous cells.

Contact SFENTA Today

If you’re experiencing chronic voice and throat symptoms, a flexible or indirect laryngoscopy can help diagnose the underlying cause of your issue. Contact SFENTA today to schedule an appointment.

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