Indirect pharyngoscopy and laryngoscopy for oral cancer
For both of these procedures, your doctor may spray the back of your throat with a numbing medicine to avoid pain. Because people diagnosed with oral cancer are also at increased risk for other head and neck cancers, your doctor will also examine the nasopharynx (the top portion of the throat, behind the nose), mouth, tongue and neck.
What is indirect pharyngoscopy and laryngoscopy?
A pharyngoscopy and laryngoscopy are often used to examine the back of the throat. We use indirect pharyngoscopy and laryngoscoy to check for any signs of oral cancer.
During an indirect laryngoscopy,we place small mirrors at the back of your mouth to clearly examine your throat, the base of your tongue and part of your larynx.