Transnasal Esophagoscopy is a diagnostic study that allows your physician to examine your esophagus without the need for sedation or anesthesia. How does Transnasal Esophagoscopy (TNE) differ from classic Esophagoscopy?
1. Sedation: Classic esophagoscopy requires sedation. The patient needs to be accompanied for transportation and typically the sedation wears off quickly. Residual sedation persists for most of the day though. TNE is performed in the MD office with topical anesthetic spray. It requires NO SEDATION, and patients do not need to be accompanied to the appointment. Patients typically return to work right after they have been seen by the doctor.
2. Size of the Scope: TNE is done with a smaller caliber scope with high end optics. The length of the scope is the same.
Results of the tests? Both classic esophagoscopy and TNE have been shown to be accurate diagnostic tools.
Costs of the tests? Classic Esophagoscopy costs approximately $8,000 including facility fees. TNE cost is under $1,000.
The purpose of the procedures is for diagnosis of gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Diagnosis of GERD is important even when the symptoms are minimal. Uncontrolled reflux can lead to severe medical problems including Esophageal Cancer.
Chicago ENT introduced Transnasal esophagoscopy to the Chicago Community as an option for diagnosis and treatment of gastro esophageal reflux disease and for the screening esophageal cancer.
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Michael Friedman MD, is an Otolaryngologist- Head and Neck Surgeon and serves as the Medical Director for ChicagoENT.