Application of a Modified Endoscopy Face Mask for Flexible Laryngoscopy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Vishal Narwani, Nikita Kohli, Michael Z. Lerner

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Diagnostic flexible laryngoscopy (DFL) is a critical tool in the armamentarium of an otolaryngologist. However, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, DFL represents a high-risk procedure for patients and otolaryngologists due to the risk of aerosolization. In cases where DFL is required, in patients with COVID-19 positivity or unknown COVID-19 status, we describe the use of a modified endoscopy face mask as an adjunct to personal protection equipment to reduce occupational transmission of COVID-19 while performing DFL. Our modified endoscopy mask provides an additional barrier against the transmission of airborne pathogens. The modified endoscopy face mask may also serve as a useful tool for otolaryngologists as they return to performing more aerosol-generating procedures in the outpatient setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-109
Number of pages3
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • AGP
  • COVID-19
  • DFL
  • aerosol generating procedure
  • diagnostic flexible laryngoscopy
  • flexible laryngoscopy
  • otolaryngology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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