Nasal endoscopy is a common and well tolerated office procedure utilizing anesthetic spray, usually requiring only a few minutes. Nasal endoscopy uses typically uses a scope, or camera, that passes through your nose. Your Michigan ENT & Allergy Specialist may examine the nose and sinus with a very small camera to explore for blockages or to identify growths such as polyps.
Nasal polyps are non-cancerous tear-drop shaped growths that appear in the nose or sinus cavities. Typically they are only able to be seen by a physician using a nasal endoscope. They can cause congestion, runny nose, sneezing, increased sinus infections as they can block the opening to the sinuses which inhibits proper drainage, and anosmia, or loss of smell. Nasal polyps are most common in adults over the age of 40 and more often found in men than in women. They can occasionally be associated with environmental allergies, however the cause is more often unknown. Nasal polyps are most commonly treated with medication, such as a nasal spray, which can reduce size and prevent further growth if the polyp is suceptible to the medication. A nasal spray should be used long term for future prevention of nasal polyp growth.