Test: Mirror Laryngoscopy

Mirror laryngoscopy is simple, quick, and painless and is used to detect disorders of the larynx (voice box), such as vocal cord nodules and cancer of the larynx. The procedure, for which a local anaesthetic is sometimes given, involves viewing the larynx by shining a light on to an angled mirror held at the back of the palate. You should not eat or drink until the anaesthetic has worn off to avoid inhaling food or fluids.

Viewing the larynx

After spraying your throat with a local anaesthetic, the doctor places an angled mirror at the back of the palate. This enables the doctor to examine the larynx and vocal cords for abnormalities.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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