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