This is an examination of the nasal cavity and sinuses using a thin, lighted tube. A small piece of abnormal tissue is taken for biopsy.
Nasal endoscopy is an examination of the inside of the nose and sinuses by placing a lighted tube into the nose. When a biopsy is done, a piece of abnormal tissue or polyp is removed and sent to the lab for further testing. Your healthcare provider may suggest this procedure if you have symptoms that involve your nasal cavity and sinuses. This commonly includes obstructed nasal breathing that has not responded to conservative treatments. These treatments may include antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays.
Nasal endoscopy with biopsy can be done in an office, hospital or ambulatory surgery center (ASC). During the procedure, you will most likely be awake. However, your nose will be numbed and you may receive medication to keep you relaxed.
Prior to the procedure, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before and after the surgery. These may include:
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having nasal endoscopy with biopsy?
After your nasal endoscopy, your healthcare provider should provide a description of any problems found during the procedure, how they were handled and what symptoms you should report. You should also understand all home care instructions, including:
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