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Panendoscopy for throat cancer

What is a panendoscopy?

Panendoscopy is a diagnostic test used to examine the upper digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine. In this exam, an individual is given general anesthesia 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.

Panendoscopy for throat cancer

Other parts of your nose, mouth and throat, including the trachea (windpipe) and esophagus, are also examined during this procedure. The doctor performing the procedure will look for any visible signs of a tumor. Doctors may use a special instrument through the scope to biopsy pieces of tissue that look potentially cancerous.

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