Pharyngoscopy

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Pharyngoscopy is the technique of placing a rigid or flexible endoscope via the mouth to visualise the pharynx (back of the throat). This technique provides direct visualisation of this structure under magnification allowing structural abnormalities to be diagnosed and any diseased areas to be accurately sampled (biopsied). This technique is particularly useful in the diagnosis of tumours (neoplasia), inflammation, foreign bodies and polyps.