Laryngoscopy and Videostroboscopy
laryngoscopy is a procedure to look at the vocal folds (cords) by using a thin
flexible telescope that is passed through the nose and carries a small camera
and a bright light. A laryngoscopy enables
physicians and speech-language pathologists to look at the details of the vocal
folds while they are moving and while you are breathing and talking.
it is important to see the fine details of the vocal cords while they are
opening, closing, and vibrating, we use a technique known as stroboscopy to
evaluate the subtle movement of the vocal folds accurately. Prior to performing
this procedure, the nose is sprayed with a medication for decongestion and
numbing. In general, this procedure is extremely well tolerated, even for
patients who are concerned that they might "gag" or experience other
discomfort. The examination lasts 30-60
seconds and is often the cornerstone of our diagnosis.