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Laryngoscopy for throat cancer

Laryngoscopy for throat cancer

For this procedure, your doctor may spray your nose or the back of your throat with a numbing medicine to avoid pain. Because throat cancers are close to other areas of the head and neck, your doctor may also examine your mouth, nose and neck.


What is a laryngoscopy?

A laryngoscopy is often used to examine the back of the throat. The two types of laryngoscopy are indirect laryngoscopy and direct laryngoscopy.

During an indirect laryngoscopy, we place a small mirror at the back of your mouth to examine your throat, the base of your tongue and part of your larynx.

During a direct laryngoscopy, your doctor may use a fiber-optic laryngoscope, which is a thin, flexible, lighted tube that is inserted through the mouth or nose, to view the larynx and surrounding areas.