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Laryngitis (cont.)

Laryngitis Diagnosis

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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