Many times you can be evaluated with a thorough complete history and physical exam.
- The doctor will pay particular attention to the affected patient's
ears, nose, throat, and neck.
- If symptoms are severe, particularly in children, the doctor may order a
neck or chest X-ray.
- The doctor may also choose to look at the patient's throat with a small, lighted scope. This thin scope is inserted through
the nose after numbing the nose and nostrils. The procedure only takes a few minutes and may yield valuable information,
especially regarding the status of the recurrent laryngeal nerve that controls
the movement of the vocal folds (vocal cords).
- Sometimes in children, rarely in adults, the doctor
may order blood work such as a complete blood cell count
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