Transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that utilizes an ultra-thin endoscope inserted through the nasal passages to examine the esophagus and evaluate patients experiencing acid reflux, dysphagia, chronic cough and globus sensation (the feeling of a lump in the throat). It is similar to a traditional upper endoscopy but is performed in the clinic without sedation. Most patients can return to work immediately and the procedure saves them the cost of a surgical facility and anesthesia care.
In addition to being an excellent screening tool for an evaluation of the esophagus, TNE can also be used for biopsies of the esophagus and stomach, as well as other procedures for treating reflux, dysphagia and difficulty swallowing.
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