Video Nasal Endoscopy

Also known as: video nasal endoscopy.

What is video nasal endoscopy?

An endoscope is a long, flexible, snake-like instrument with a light and a camera on the end that’s used to enter the body and provide imagery in areas not typically accessible. In the case of video nasal endoscopy, the endoscope is inserted into the nose in order to diagnose problems in the nasal passage.

What happens during the procedure?

Before the procedure, the nose is sprayed with both a decongestant and an anesthetic in order to make the passage of the endoscope easier and less painful. Then the endoscope is inserted into the nasal passage in order to produce a visual of the nasal passage. The video is displayed on a monitor for analysis. 

Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is needed for this test.

What are the risk factors?

Infection, bleeding and damage to surrounding organs and tissues are all potentials risks of video nasal endoscopy.  

Reviewed by: Yamilet Tirado, MD

This page was last updated on: March 26, 2019 12:27 PM