Clinic Evaluations

At the Clinic: Patient Evaluations

Patient History

  • Why you are seeing the doctor
    • Your current problem
    • How it bothers you
  • Review of appropriate medical records, films and pathology slides brought by all new patients
  • Review of copies of records and films made since last visit brought by all return patients
  • Previous unrelated illnesses
  • Current medications
    • Prescription
    • Non-prescription
  • Social history
  • Family medical history

Physical Examination 

The Ear
Accomplished with an otoscope, and sometimes a microscope, which allows an enlarged view of the ear drum.

The Nose
Performed by looking into the nose with a nasal speculum. Sometimes a nasal endoscope - a straight rod with a lighted end - is used for a better look into the nose.

The Throat
Accomplished with a tongue blade and mirrors, and sometimes a very thin lighted tube - inserted through the nose, which allows the vocal cords to be seen. 

The Head and Neck
Determines the likelihood of growths, thyroid nodules or salivary gland tumors.