Laryngoscopy is a diagnostic test that allows your doctor to examine the back of your throat, voice box, and vocal cords.
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
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.
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.