Successful adaptation during COVID-19 pandemic: oropharyngeal cancer
biopsies under local anaesthetic
Key points: 1. In selected patients, biopsies of oropharyngeal lesions
including the tonsils can be performed under local anaesthetic safely.
2. The technique described was found to be well tolerated by the
patients and there were no adverse outcomes. 3. Performing these
biopsies under local anaesthetic eliminates the morbidity associated
with general anaesthesia. 4. Performing these biopsies under local
anaesthetic increases operating room availability which is particularly
important in the current economic climate and considering the covid-19
pandemic. 5. Performing these biopsies under local anaesthetic is
thought to reduce the time from initial consultation to reaching a
decision regarding treatment.