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How is a head and neck exam used to diagnose throat disorders?

The process of diagnosing throat disorders begins mostly with a direct examination of the head and neck. A tool called a laryngoscope, usually involving lights and mirrors, is used to view the throat. Throat disorders are often related to other problems in the same area. Consequently, in the process of this exam, a doctor will also inspect the nose and mouth.

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