Fiberoptic Nasopharyngoscopy

Fiberoptic nasopharyngoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows doctors to evaluate the nose and throat to help determine the cause of nose and throat related problems. The nasopharynx is the upper part of the throat, or pharynx, that is situated behind the nose. Because it is in a location that is difficult to see, a fiberoptic nasopharyngoscopy may be performed to allow the doctor an optimum view of the area. During the procedure, a thin fiberoptic tube with a camera on the end is inserted into the nose to provide real-time images of the nasopharynx.

Reasons for Fiberoptic Nasopharyngoscopy

A fiberoptic nasopharyngoscopy may be performed by a doctor to investigate the causes of various nose and throat problems that may include the following symptoms:

  • Hoarseness
  • Sore throat
  • Nosebleeds
  • Snoring

A fiberoptic nasopharyngoscopy may also be used to carefully observe lumps or other abnormal growths within the tissue.

Fiberoptic Nasopharyngoscopy Procedure

A local anesthetic spray is used to numb the nasal passage before the procedure to minimize discomfort. The fiberoptic, flexible, lighted tube is inserted through the nose and guided to the throat. Images are streamed onto a computer screen for the doctor to view. With fiberoptic nasopharyngoscopy, doctors can safely and precisely examine the entire upper respiratory tract. A biopsy to remove small samples of tissue from the area, may also be performed during the same procedure.

There is no recovery period after this procedure and results are available immediately. The doctor will discuss the results with the patient and develop a customized treatment plan based on the patient's individual condition.

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