An endoscopic sinus exam allows the doctor to see all the
structures inside the nose and the sinuses.
Before inserting the
endoscope, the passages inside the nose are opened up
with a decongestant medicine and numbed with an anesthetic. The endoscope is
guided up through a nostril and into the sinus opening, but it is not able to
be inserted into the sinus itself.
The test is usually done by an ear, nose, and throat (ENT)
specialist (also called an
otolaryngologist or otorhinolaryngologist). It can be
done in the doctor's office and takes 5 to 10 minutes.
An endoscopic sinus exam may be used if:
Findings of an endoscopic sinus exam may include the
Bones and soft tissues appear normal.
An endoscopic sinus exam is the best method of examining the nasal
passages and sinus openings because it can detect small growths in the nose
(polyps) and other problems that may be missed by routine examination.
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September 12, 2012
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
& Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
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