Pant Like a Puppy . . . for Throat Examination

Carrollton, Tex

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Sometimes it is impossible to see beyond the tongue of a child who has a sore throat. The tongues of about 30% of my pediatric patients do not go down when they say “Ahh.” However, when I instruct the child to “pant like a puppy,” a complete visual evaluation of the oropharynx becomes quick and easy. The panting elevates the soft palate and lowers the tongue.   ■