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Transnasal oesophagoscopy: diagnostic andmanagement outcomes in a prospective cohort of 257 consecutive cases and practice implications

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Lydia Abou-Nader, Emerita Professor Janet WilsonORCiD, Professor Vinidh Paleri


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ObjectivesTo determine the success rate, patient tolerability and impact of introducing transnasal oesophagoscopy on clinical practices.DesignProspective cohort with review of electronic patient records for outcomes.SettingUK tertiary centre Otolaryngology Department.ParticipantsThe cohort comprised of two hundred and fifty-seven patients, 128 females (50%) and 129 males (50%) with an age range of 20-91years; mean age 59years (sd 13.6).Main outcome measuresSuccess rates, indications, findings and outcomes of patients undergoing transnasal oesophagoscopy and impact on rigid examinations of the pharynx and oesophagus were also considered.ResultsTransnasal oesophagoscopy has a high success rate of 97%; it is well tolerated by patients, and poor views are uncommon. Pathology was detected in 44% of patients. The most common indications for transnasal oesophagoscopy were unexplained throat symptoms (50%) and dysphagia (25%). Common positive findings were hiatus hernia (7%), Barrett's oesophagus (5%), dysmotility (5%) and oesophageal candidiasis (5%). Following transnasal oesophagoscopy, 59% of patients were discharged to their referring clinician, 17% continued to undergo otolaryngology follow-up, and 13% were referred to our gastrointestinal colleagues. Following the introduction of transnasal oesophagoscopy, there was a reduction in the number of rigid examinations of the pharynx and oesophagus in the subsequent years, despite an increase in total referrals.ConclusionsTransnasal oesophagoscopy is a well-tolerated procedure that allows otolaryngologists to make management decisions on common referrals swiftly in the clinic setting avoiding unnecessary investigations, follow-up and referral.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wilson JA; Paleri V; Abou-Nader L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Clinical Otolaryngology

Year: 2014

Volume: 39

Issue: 2

Pages: 108-113

Print publication date: 19/05/2014

ISSN (print): 1749-4478

ISSN (electronic): 1749-4486

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing


DOI: 10.1111/coa.12241


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