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Would an ENT be able to rule out cancer of the oropharynx just by looking at the throat (no scope) and palpating glands?

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Dr. Andy Chung
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Need complete exam

The oropharynx (oral part of the pharynx) reaches from the uvula to the level of the hyoid bone.
Vital structures in this area that may be involved with cancer include the palate, tonsil (palatine and lingual), lateral pharyngeal wall and tongue base. A thorough head and neck exam is crucial and would include direct visualization with a fiberoptic laryngosocopy (scope).

In brief: Need complete exam

The oropharynx (oral part of the pharynx) reaches from the uvula to the level of the hyoid bone.
Vital structures in this area that may be involved with cancer include the palate, tonsil (palatine and lingual), lateral pharyngeal wall and tongue base. A thorough head and neck exam is crucial and would include direct visualization with a fiberoptic laryngosocopy (scope).
Dr. Andy Chung
Dr. Andy Chung
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Dr. Sameer Desai
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Possibly

The nccn recommends that evaluation for oropharyngeal cancers should include a complete head and neck exam with mirror and fiberoptic exam as indicated.
However, it seems unlikely that this would not include fiberoptic exam in most cases.

In brief: Possibly

The nccn recommends that evaluation for oropharyngeal cancers should include a complete head and neck exam with mirror and fiberoptic exam as indicated.
However, it seems unlikely that this would not include fiberoptic exam in most cases.
Dr. Sameer Desai
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: NO

The cancer can be in the posterior oropharynx and perhaps too far back to be seen without the aid of a scope.

In brief: NO

The cancer can be in the posterior oropharynx and perhaps too far back to be seen without the aid of a scope.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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