Can you feel cancer of the larynx

Laryngitis - Examination & Diagnosis

At a acute laryngitis the symptoms - hoarseness, dry cough, sore throat - usually speak for themselves. With a wooden spatula, the ENT doctor can look into the throat and recognize the reddened mucous membrane. To be sure, he may take a closer look at the larynx with a laryngoscopy. For this so-called laryngoscopy, the ENT doctor uses a so-called magnifying laryngoscope. If the result is positive, the lining of the larynx and vocal folds appear red and swollen, and the tissue shows increased vascularization. The mobility of the vocal folds is not restricted in normal laryngitis.

At a subglottic laryngitis (pseudocroup) If the vocal folds are only slightly reddened, there are pale red bulges in the lower larynx (subglottic).

Does the patient suffer from a chronic laryngitis, the ENT doctor will also perform a laryngoscopy. Here, the mucous membrane appears swollen, has a strong blood supply and is partially covered with white changes in the mucous membrane (leukoplakia) like cobblestone. Chronica sicca laryngitis is noticeably dry with thick mucus and yellowish-brown crusts. If the findings are unclear, a malignant change (carcinoma) that causes the same symptoms as chronic laryngitis must be excluded.