When is a Nasal Endoscopy Necessary?

Your physician may order a nasal endoscopy if you’re experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Nasal congestion or blockage
  • Persistent sinus infections
  • Recurrent nosebleeds
  • Nasal drainage
  • Diminished ability to smell
  • Growths, such as nasal polyps or tumors

The procedure will be ordered to show details that cannot be obtained by direct visualization, such as bleeding and swelling of the nasal tissues. It may also be used to closely examine a growth that is suspected to be cancer. In addition, nasal endoscopy can be used to remove a foreign object from the nose or to evaluate how treatments for sinus and nasal problems are progressing.

What to Expect During the Procedure?

The nasal endoscopy procedure will be performed in your doctor’s office. While you sit upright in an exam chair, your doctor will numb the area with local anesthesia and insert the endoscope into your nose, guiding it through the nasal cavity and sinuses. The endoscope is a thin, lighted tube that is attached to a camera and allows for a magnified view of the area.

The procedure may be mildly uncomfortable, but it will not be painful. Your doctor may repeat the process a few times on each side of the nose to ensure that a detailed picture of your condition has been obtained. In some cases, a tissue sample may also be removed and sent to a lab for evaluation of the cells.

After a nasal endoscopy, you will be able to return to your normal daily routine immediately without any restrictions. In most cases, the information obtained from the procedure will allow your doctor to identify the underlying cause of your symptoms and begin planning for your treatment. However, some patients will also require additional tests, such as a CT scan, to arrive at a definitive diagnosis.

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What are the Risks?

Nasal endoscopy is extremely safe and associated with very few risks. On the rare occasion that complications occur, patients may experience a nosebleed, fainting, or an adverse reaction to the anesthesia.

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