Your doctor will examine your throat, mouth and neck, and swab your throat. Material on the swab is sent to the laboratory for a culture, which can identify the type of bacteria causing the infection. Your doctor may want to look at your throat by using a small telescope on flexible lighted tube, called an endoscope. He or she may also order an x-ray or computed tomography (CT) scan to better see the extent of infection in the soft tissues of the neck.
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