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What Takes Place In An ENT Consultation?

Almost everyone knows what ENT (ear, nose, and throat) stands for. But what actually happens in an ENT Consultation? Perhaps, only those who had visited a doctor specializing in this field can tell how it goes. For the benefit of those who have not been to an ENT clinic, the following is an outline on what to expect in an ENT Consultation.

ENT Consultation: Diagnosis

An ENT doctor first gathers information about the patient’s medical history. These pieces of information will be used in assessing its relevance to the symptoms the patient has been experiencing. Providing a detailed past medical history, including the medications taken, can be useful when surgery is needed.

ENT Consultation: Examination

After the brief diagnostic interview, examination of the ear, nose and throat comes next. The doctor needs to have a complete set of medical instrument to thoroughly examine the concerned body parts.

ENT doctors use an otoscope for the examination of the ears. This instrument comes with a light and a magnifying lens in order to illuminate the eardrum and allow the doctor to examine the external canal of the ear. Tuning forks can also be used if a patient is complaining about hearing loss.

There are also instances when an ENT doctor needs a microscope with binocular vision and depth of field to make microsuction possible. Microsuction is a procedure used in removing ear wax or debris from the ear canal.

In examining the nose, doctors use a simple speculum and a headlight. A rigid endoscope is necessary for post-surgical inspection of the nose.

When it comes to oral inspection, ENT specialists use a tongue depressor and an illuminator in order to see the tongue and the tonsillar area. A flexible nasendoscope is used to view the back of the nose and as well as the voice box. It is a fiber optic cable inserted into the nose after a decongesting anaesthetic is inserted. It may make the patient feel a little bit uncomfortable but it is the best way to inspect the parts of the nose that are difficult to examine.

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