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Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in ENT Practice: How Worth is It?

MC Anup Kumar, Lavanya Karanam

Citation Information : Kumar MA, Karanam L. Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in ENT Practice: How Worth is It?. Int J Phonosurg Laryngol 2013; 3 (2):35-38.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10023-1058

Published Online: 01-12-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).



The need for upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy in the evaluation of hoarseness.

Study design

Prospective study, conducted during the period from June 2012 to February 2013.


Tertiary referral center.


A total of 125 patients were selected for the study and they were evaluated with appropriate history and clinical examination. Out of 125 patients, 41 (32.8%) patients showed laryngeal findings leading to hoarseness, 13 (10.4%) patients showed features of suspected malignancy in other adjacent regions which was confirmed later, two (1.6%) patients showed phonetic gap and 69 (55.2%) patients showed normal laryngeal inlet on indirect laryngoscopy examination. Of the 69 normal patients which were treated conservatively and since they did not show any response they were subjected to upper GI endoscopy. Out of 69 patients, 41 (60%) patients showed features of gastritis, 28 (40%) patients showed features of duodenitis.


It is estimated that more than 50% of patients presenting to the ENT OPD for hoarseness are because of GI problems. We strongly advise upper GI endoscopy for the symptomatic otorhinolaryngological patients with a normal laryngeal finding on indirect laryngoscopy for treating the condition accurately or near accurately. Adding to this upper GI endoscopy has the additional advantages of documentation and medicolegal aspect in the present day scenario.

How to cite this article

Santosh UP, Kumar MCA, Karanam L. Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in ENT Practice: How Worth is It? Int J Phonosurg Laryngol 2013;3(2):35-38.

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