‘Noisy breathing’ or hoarseness of voice can be an early marker of serious underlying disease.
These areas can be difficult to examine, and as a result, your general practitioner or respiratory specialist may refer you to an Evolve ENT for review of your ‘upper aerodigestive tract’. This term refers to the inner linings of your mouth, nose, throat, windpipe and the top part of your gullet, down to the level of your voicebox.
Most of these areas can be reviewed painlessly in clinic using a flexible telescope under local anaesthetic. Occasionally a short general anaesthetic may be required, so your surgeon can assess your lower gullet (oesophagus) and the main lower airways within your chest.