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 (CBC).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/10/2014
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