Sore Throat

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A sore throat, medically termed pharyngitis, is a common condition characterised by discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. This problem typically occurs when the tissues in the pharynx – the muscular tube connecting the mouth to the oesophagus – become inflamed or irritated.

 

The pharynx, comprising three segments – the Naso-pharynx, Oro-pharynx, and Hypo-pharynx – plays a crucial role in the digestive and respiratory systems. During swallowing, food or liquid is pushed through the pharynx, ensuring it reaches the oesophagus and then the stomach for digestion. Any inflammation or pathology affecting this muscular tube can result in a sore throat.

 

At Aglow ENT Centre, Dr Ker Liang, our ENT specialist from Singapore, will generally recommend a flexible naso-endoscopic examination of the entire length of the pharynx to determine the cause of the sore throat. Adenoiditis, rhinosinusitis, recurrent tonsillitis, laryngitis or pharyngitis, Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, and pharyngeal cancers are among the common culprits that can cause sore throat.

Clinical Practice and Expertise

Please consult an ENT specialist if you are suffering from any ear, nose, or throat symptoms. It is also advisable to visit an ENT doctor if you experience persistent mouth breathing due to a chronic blocked nose or encounter snoring issues.

Dr Ker Liang sees adults and children for general ENT conditions and provides comprehensive management in a broad range of Ear, Nose, and Throat, as well as Head and Neck conditions. In particular, she specialises in treating throat and voice conditions, including persistent sore throat, voice issues, snoring, and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).

Medical Teaching

Assistant Professor Ker Liang has a passion for teaching and is an Assistant Professor with NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSOM). As the NUS-NUH Otolaryngology Department Undergraduate Medical Director, Dr Ker Liang supervises the training of medical students from YLLSOM, NUS. She is actively involved
in the training of postgraduate junior doctors and residents in the Head and Neck Surgery department. She was conferred with an Undergraduate Teaching Award by the National University Health System in 2016 for her outstanding efforts as an Otolaryngology educator.

Medical Teaching

Assistant Professor Ker Liang has a passion for teaching and is an Assistant Professor with NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSOM). As the NUS-NUH Otolaryngology Department Undergraduate Medical Director, Dr Ker Liang supervises the training of medical students from YLLSOM, NUS. She is actively involved
in the training of postgraduate junior doctors and residents in the Head and Neck Surgery department. She was conferred with an Undergraduate Teaching Award by the National University Health System in 2016 for her outstanding efforts as an Otolaryngology educator.

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Dr Ker Liang
ENT Surgeon

MBBS (S’pore), MRCS (Edin),
MMed (ORL), ACGME-I (ORL)

Specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of conditions affecting the

ENT system, our doctor brings expertise, compassion, and a personalised approach to

every patient interaction. From common concerns such as allergies and sinus issues to

more complex conditions like hearing loss and throat disorders, our ENT specialist is

equipped to address your unique health needs with skill. 

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