Laryngoscopy is a procedure used to see the larynx (vocal cords).
Using a small endoscope, (a long, thin, flexible tube with a light
and optics used to view inside the body ) known as a laryngoscope,
the doctor can see directly into the larynx to detect foreign
bodies, tumors, or other abnormalities.
• A general anesthetic (puts you to sleep) or powerful sedative is
• A local anesthetic (numbing medicine) may be sprayed into the
nose, mouth and throat to help decrease gagging.
• The laryngoscope is passed down the windpipe and a biopsy is
performed if any suspicious areas are seen; or any foreign bodies
can be grasped and removed.
• There is a small risk of irritation and temporary damage to the
• Occasionally, this will cause a small amount of coughing up blood.
• It is very common to have a sore throat for a short while after
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