At Dallas Sinus Center, our in-office exam suites allow for the advanced visualization, diagnostics, and treatment offered by endoscopy and laryngoscopy.
What is nasal endoscopy?
Nasal endoscopy allows a detailed examination of the nasal and sinus cavities. During the endoscopy, we will look for areas of swelling in the mucosal membranes, for the presence of pus draining from the sinus openings, for enlargement of the turbinates, and for the presence of polyps. If pus is seen, it may be sampled to determine what organism is causing the infection. Nasal endoscopy is the most important diagnostic exam that the doctor will need to determine what may be causing sinus problems.
The procedure is performed in the office and is extremely well tolerated and is performed on adults and children who are able to cooperate with the exam. Prior to passing the scope, the patient’s nose is decongested and anesthetized with topical sprays. The patient then sits in a semi-reclined position and the scope is gently passed through the nasal cavity to the back of the nose. This exam allows a complete and detailed visualization of all nasal mucosa, nasal turbinates, openings into the sinuses, and nasopharynx. There are no lasting side effects to this procedure and the anesthetic spray wears off over the ensuing one to two hours.
Common reasons for performing this procedure this nasal endoscopy procedure during your visit include nasal airway obstruction, suspected acute or chronic sinusitis, nasal/facial pain, altered sense of smell, suspected nasal polyps, nasal trauma, and nosebleeds.