Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy

Also known as: nasolaryngoscopy.

What is fiberoptic laryngoscopy?

A fiberoptic laryngoscopy is an imaging test that uses a small, flexible telescope to examine the nose and throat. It can be used as a diagnostic tool for a number of different medical conditions.

What happens during the procedure?

The patient is in a sitting position and is awake for the procedure. Numbing medicine is sprayed into the nose. Then the laryngoscope is inserted into the nose in order to provide the doctor with a clearer picture of the nose and throat area.

Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is needed for this test.

What are the risk factors?

Infection, bleeding, nosebleeds, breathing problems or injury to surrounding organs and tissues are potential risks of fiberoptic laryngoscopy.

Reviewed by: Yamilet Tirado, MD

This page was last updated on: March 26, 2019 12:27 PM