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Nasopharyngoscopy

  • What is a nasopharyngoscopy?

    A nasopharyngoscopy is a procedure in which the doctor inserts a flexible scope tube through your nose and advances it into the back of your throat.

    What can the doctor see?

    The doctor can view the back of your nose and down your throat to your larynx (voice box).

    What should you know about this procedure?

    • The doctor will spray a local anesthetic (usually a mixture of Afrin™ and lidocaine) to numb your nasal cavity.
    • The scope will then be inserted through your nose and advanced slowly down the back of your throat. Let your doctor know of any discomfort you may have. Pictures may be taken through the scope. The procedure usually takes 2-4 minutes.
    • The scope will be removed and you should not feel any further discomfort. Your throat may be numb from the anesthetic for an additional 20 minutes.
    • Do not eat for an hour after the procedure.
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