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Panendoscopy for head and neck cancer

Panendoscopy for head and neck cancer

If your doctor suspects the presence of head and neck cancer, he or she will likely perform a thorough exam called a panendoscopy. If tumors are found, your doctor will remove samples that may be examined under a microscope.

What is a panendoscopy?

Panendoscopy is a diagnostic test used to examine the upper digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach and upper part of the small intestine. In this exam, general anesthesia is administered in an operating room so that the entire region of the body can be closely inspected for cancer. Endoscopes are used to look at the throat, larynx, esophagus and possibly the windpipe (trachea) and bronchi.