PREPARING FOR NASOPHARYNGOSCOPY:
No special preparation is required for nasopharyngoscopy. In order to protect your clothes you may be asked to undress to the waist and put on a gown. For the examination, you will be seated upright in a tilting chair with your head supported. The nasal passage may be numbed with a local anesthetic spray, and an anesthetic lozenge or spray to the back of the throat Nasopharyngoscopy given to suppress the gag reflex. If a biopsy is going to be taken, or the patient is a child, the nose may be packed for a few minutes with cotton saturated with anesthetic solution.
IN THE EXAMINING ROOM:
When the anesthetic has taken effect, the doctor stands in front of you, holding the eyepiece in one hand. With the other hand, he or she gently guides the tip along the floor of the nostril. You will be encouraged to breathe through your nose. As the tip is advanced the doctor makes careful observations. Both nasal airways are visible from the back of the nose. The scope is then directed down the throat as far as the larynx. You may be asked to speak so that the doctor can watch the movement of the vocal cords. Observation continues as the scope is slowly withdrawn.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
The examination is at an end when the nasopharyngoscope is removed. You will be helped out of the chair and should sit quietly for a while. If your throat has been anesthetized, it will take a few hours for the effects to wear off, and you must not eat or drink anything until sensation has returned fully.
Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Inc., Alexandria, VA.