Neck Exam That’s Easy to Swallow

December 31, 2006

To facilitate the swallowing movementsthat are key to the examinationof neck swellings-particularlythose of the thyroid gland-give thepatient a full cup of water and askhim or her to drink it slowly whileyou examine the neck.

To facilitate the swallowing movementsthat are key to the examinationof neck swellings--particularlythose of the thyroid gland--give thepatient a full cup of water and askhim or her to drink it slowly whileyou examine the neck. This way, thepatient swallows comfortably andnaturally, and it is easy to accuratelyassess the neck glands.-- Mohammed M. Basha, MD
  &nbspGainesville, Fla