HEENT examination

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A HEENT examination is a portion of a physical examination;[1] it principally concerns the Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat.

Components of the exam may include:


A neurological examination is usually considered separate from the HEENT evaluation, though there can be some overlap.

Sample writeup[edit]

Category Item Sample text
Head "NC/AT" or "Normocephalic, atraumatic"
Eyes ophthalmoscope "EOM intact, PERRLA, anicteric, no injection, fundus WNL (within normal limits), no papilledema"
Nose otoscope "No congestion"
Ears otoscope "TM intact, noninflammed"
Throat otoscope "Oropharynx WNL" or "no erythema or exudate"
Mouth otoscope "Moist mucous membranes, no thrush, no vesicles, no lesions, good dentition"
Neck "No LAD, thyroid WNL, neck supple" (JVD and bruit may be reported here or in CV)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Swaminatha V. Mahadevan; Gus. M. Garmel (5 July 2005). An introduction to clinical emergency medicine. Cambridge University Press. pp. 267–. ISBN 978-0-521-54259-3. Retrieved 6 March 2011.