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Indirect pharyngoscopy and laryngoscopy for oral cancer

Indirect pharyngoscopy and laryngoscopy for oral cancer

For both of these procedures, your doctor may spray your nose or 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 may also examine other areas of the throat or nose.

What is indirect pharyngoscopy and laryngoscopy?

A pharyngoscopy and laryngoscopy are often used to examine the back of the throat. During an indirect laryngoscopy, a small mirror is positioned in the back of your mouth to examine the base of your tongue and part of your larynx.