What is a laryngoscopy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

A laryngoscopy is a procedure in which a medical professional examines the larynx. There are two types of laryngoscopies that are used to diagnose laryngeal cancer. The first is an indirect laryngoscopy. In an indirect laryngoscopy, a doctor uses a mirror to make sure that your vocal folds move properly. The other type is the direct laryngoscopy. This is similar except that instead of a mirror, a lighted tube is used to visualize your larynx. Both procedures are performed under local anesthesia.

A laryngoscopy is an in-office procedure that treats and identifies symptoms of coughing up blood, sore throat and voice changes.

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