If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your throat, you may need flexible laryngoscopy. If your illness has been, for the most part, in your throat, this could give answers quickly and easily. Flexible laryngoscopy can be used to diagnose a variety of issues affecting the throat. We use this diagnostic tool to assure that we identify the cause of your set of symptoms.
Causes of throat problems:
Bacterial or viral infections of the tonsils or other areas of the throat, silent acid reflux, postnasal drip, lesions or masses, an enlarged thyroid, ulcerations, certain rare illnesses.
Symptoms of throat problems:
Pain, trouble swallowing, tightness, trouble breathing, noisy breathing, snoring, choking while asleep (sleep apnea).
This evaluation technique is best thought of as an extension of the physical exam of the nose and throat. We will apply a topical anesthetic spray inside the nostrils and then gently guide a small flexible camera into the nose so that the entire upper airway can be carefully evaluated. The process takes about a minute and there is no recovery time.
*Results may vary and are not guaranteed*