Perils of operaBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7166.1110a (Published 24 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1110
- James Wright, retired consultant physician
- Yelverton, Devon.
“I'm afraid I think that is a carcinoma of the larynx,” the ear, nose, and throat consultant leaned over the radiologist to point to an opacity on the barium swallow.
“I have to agree,” said the radiologist, taking the film from the screen to study it more closely.
My heart seemed to run south like a nervous squirrel as the implications sank in. Three weeks earlier I had become aware of a vague discomfort in the throat followed some days later, to the evident relief of my colleagues, …