Allergy & Immunotherapy

About Nasendoscopy

Nasal Endoscopy or Nasendoscopy

Nasal endoscopy is a simple procedure performed in our clinic that allows us to examine the interior of your nasal passages and the openings to your sinuses. In practice, we often use nasal endoscopies together with CT scans to arrive at accurate diagnoses.

The nasal endoscopy offers us a view of your nasal cavity, and the CT scan further offers views of your sinuses and the unique structures within your head. We put these images together to have the complete information necessary to diagnose your individual condition. This way, we can then determine the best steps to take in your care.

How do I know if I need a nasal endoscopy?

If you have been experiencing sinus problems such as recurrent bacterial sinus infections, have had difficulty breathing or severe sinus headaches, you may have a sinus condition. In such a situation, we will typically discuss these problems with you, along with your complete medical history, to better understand the problems you may be facing and to provide options for your care.

Among other issues, we seek to better understand your medication history, any previous medications you may have taken and their effectiveness thus far. A thorough understanding of the physical conditions, environmental influences, allergies, or irritants they may be affecting your condition is also important.

In doing so, we adopt a holistic approach to your care, and this allows us to provide you with the most ideal treatment options and solutions.

Procedure for Nasal endoscopy

Nasal endoscopy is a quick and painless procedure. After spraying your nasal passages to anesthetise the lining and temporarily shrink the nasal tissue, our doctor will insert an endoscope into the nasal passages to visualise the internal anatomy of the nose and openings of the sinuses. The endoscope is a relatively small, thin and flexible tube, and you can expect minimal discomfort from the procedure.

What will the doctor look for?

Through the eyepiece of the endoscope, we can look inside your nose and nasal passages to check for swelling, polyps, thickened mucus, inflammation, blockages or other problems. As we perform the endoscopy, you would also be able to see, in real-time, the same images that we do through our monitors and displays.

Our private examination rooms feature monitors displaying the results of your nasal endoscopy and other diagnostic tests. We would then spend some time analysing and explaining your condition as we view the images together. This often helps our patients better understand their condition and the treatment options available.

For some of our patients, the endoscopy may solely be of diagnostic use and be only for visualisation purposes. For others, the endoscopy may be used for surgical purposes to clean an area, or to remove a polyp or nasal mass. In some instances, we may also opt to capture images and photographs from the procedure for further review. This would allow us to provide periodic and appropriate follow-up care for all our patients, and to ensure the best outcomes for them.