During laryngoscopy, an endoscopic visualization of
the larynx is performed in order to diagnose and treat pharyngeal and laryngeal
tumors. This procedure is performed with a laryngoscope (a lighted instrument
with a video camera on the end) that is inserted into the mouth.
Treated with Laryngoscopy:
Laryngoscopy may be performed in cases of a
laryngeal tumor, hypopharyngeal tumor and oropharyngeal tumor or to perform a
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical
alternatives to laryngoscopy.
Laryngoscopy is performed under general anesthesia,
which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the
Complications from Laryngoscopy:
Possible risks following laryngoscopy include
infection, sore throat, bloody cough, tooth damage, airway obstruction, muscle
spasm, laryngeal swelling and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. The
patient may need to refrain from speaking temporarily following the procedure.
Total recovery following laryngoscopy takes a few
days to ten days, if a biopsy is taken.