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How is laryngitis diagnosed?

Diagnosis of acute laryngitis is generally straightforward and involves taking a medical history and performing an examination, typically of the ears, nose and throat. When the laryngitis is chronic, there may be need for further testing such as a blood test, X-ray and possibly a laryngoscopy to examine the back of the throat. During a laryngoscopy, a thin tube containing a fiber optic camera is inserted through the nose and down the back of the throat, to see if the vocal cords are inflamed, and to identify any polyps or nodules.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 06 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Strep throat

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