What is a Nasal Endoscopy?

During nasal endoscopy, Dr. Atkins will insert an endoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera) into your nose. The endoscopy gives a clear, inside view of your sinuses and nasal passages. The procedure is painless.

Nasal endoscopy aids in diagnosing and treating a range of health conditions. It may also be necessary when taking biopsies of lesions or masses.

We might recommend a nasal endoscopy if you have the following:

  • Nasal congestion or blockage.
  • Rhinosinusitis (nasal and sinus inflammation or infection).
  • Headaches.
  • Facial pain above your eyes and around your sinuses.
  • Chronic nosebleeds.
  • Nasal polyps.
  • Nasal tumors.
  • Anosmia (loss of sense of smell).
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak (a rare condition in which the clear fluid that surrounds your brain escapes through a hole or tear in connective tissues).

Nasal endoscopy is also used for certain procedures, including:

  • Obtaining a sinus culture or tissue sample (biopsy).
  • Removing a foreign object from a child's nose.
  • Treating sinus infections, nasal polyps and nasal tumors.