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Nasal Endoscopy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 31, 2022.

What do I need to know about nasal endoscopy?

Nasal endoscopy is a procedure to look inside of your nose and sinuses. Nasal endoscopy is used to determine the cause of congestion, sinus pain or pressure, or nosebleeds. During nasal endoscopy your healthcare provider can examine or remove a polyp, lesion, or foreign object. A tissue or fluid sample may be collected during the endoscopy and sent to a lab for tests.

What will happen during nasal endoscopy?

Medicine will be sprayed inside your nose to decrease swelling and numb the area. You will not feel pain during the procedure, but you may feel pushing or mild discomfort. Your provider will insert a thin tube with a camera and light on the end. The tube may be flexible or rigid. Your provider will gently move the tube up your nose and into your sinuses. After the procedure is done, your provider will talk with you about what was seen during the procedure. Your nose may bleed or drain after the procedure.

What are the risks of nasal endoscopy?

The endoscopy may be more painful that you expected. The tissues inside your nose or sinuses may be damaged.

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