Screening examination of the larynx and pharynx during upper gastrointestinal panendoscopy

Glen Lehman, Mary Compton, James Meadows, Michael Elmore

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With the flexible fiberoptic esophagogastroduodenoscopes now in use, the larynx and posterior pharynx can be easily viewed during routine upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Screening laryngeal-pharyngeal examinations were carried out during 1120 upper gastrointestinal endoscopies. mean additional examination time was 30 sec. Thirty-nine laryngeal lesions were detected, mostly variants of chronic laryngitis. Two patients had leukoplakia, one of whom on subsequent biopsy revealed squamous cell cancer. The brief additional endoscopic time may result in the detection of early curable neoplasms. Thus a screening laryngeal-pharyngeal examination should be part of each upper gastrointestinal endoscopic examination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-178
Number of pages3
JournalGastrointestinal endoscopy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology

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