Method Of Exam
Author: A. Chandrasekhar, MD
Have patient say "ah" and observe movement of palate with flash light.
Stimulate posterior pharynx (gag reflex) with cotton tipped probe one side at a time.
Have the patient cough.
Observe patient's voice.
No hoarseness is noted in voice and the cough is effective.
Palate moves symmetrically and the uvula stays in midline
Pharynx moves forwards with retching on stimulation of posterior pharynx.