Examination of the throat
This includes a thorough examination of the oral cavity.
Ask the patient to remove dentures, and examine their mouth systemically (use a bright torch): tongue, hard and soft palate, tonsillar fossa, gingivolabial/gingivobuccal sulci, the floor of mouth/undersurface of the tongue as follows:
- Examine the mouth and note the condition of the tongue.
- Examine back of tongue and tonsils (press down on the tongue with a tongue depressor).
- Palpate the base of the tongue (look for tumours that may not be easily visible).
- Inspect the uvula and soft palate.
- Inspect the hard palate (ask the patient to tip their head backwards, until the whole hard palate is visible).
- Examine the buccal area and the gingivolabial (gingivobuccal) sulcus (the space between cheek and gums).
- Examine the floor of the mouth, check for submandibular duct stones or masses (ask the patient to stick their tongue out).
- Examine the nasopharynx and larynx with a mirror or flexible fibreoptic nasendoscope.
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