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1. What is laryngoscopy?
Laryngoscopy is an examination of your voice box (larynx) located at the backside of your throat. The larynx contains vocal cords which vibrate to produce sound when you speak. In laryngoscopy, a small tube with a camera is introduced into your throat to examine the throat and nearby organs.
2. When is laryngoscopy needed?
Your doctor will recommend laryngoscopy in the following cases: continuous hoarseness in the voice; something stuck up in the throat; problems in breathing and swallowing; abnormal growth in the throat; and removal of the abnormal growth from the throat.
3. Can I eat or drink water before laryngoscopy?
Your doctor will advise you about having food or water before the laryngoscopy depending on the type of procedure you will undergo. In some procedures such as direct laryngoscopy, you need general anaesthesia. In such procedures, your doctor will advise you not to eat or drink for at least eight hours before the procedure.
4. How do I prepare for laryngoscopy?
You do not need to do any special preparation for the laryngoscopy. Fasting is required for at least eight hours before the procedure if you are going to receive general anaesthesia. You should inform the doctor about your current medication and health problems before the test.
5. Is there any side effect of laryngoscopy?
Laryngoscopy is a safe procedure, and you may experience a few side effects as given below: when you are conscious during the test you may have a feeling of gagging or feel uncomfortable; you may feel pain or swelling in the throat; rarely there may be bleeding; and sometimes you may feel the bitter taste of the local anaesthesia in your mouth.