Flexible nasal endoscopy is an examination of the nasal air passages, the space behind the nose and the throat using a small telescope. This test can identify the cause of voice problems, swallowing problems, reflux changes, and Eustachian tube problems. It may also be used for neck lumps to check for tumours in the throat and for thyroid problems to examine vocal cord movement.
The doctor may or may not use a local anaesthetic which is sprayed in the nose. This makes the nose and the back of the throat numb. The telescope is then placed into the nose and then passed into the back of the throat. Most people do not experience discomfort from the procedure.
If a local anaesthetic is used, the numbness will wear off after 30 minutes or so. Please note that you should not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes, and you should not consume anything hot for at least one hour.
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Dr Gerald Brookes is regularly consulted by the media for his expertise. He has been interviewed by the Daily Mail, featured on Channel 4's Embarassing Bodies, looked after The X-Factor contestants and recently, appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans.
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Adele was experiencing dizziness and balance problems so severe that she could barely function. In desperation, after consulting her GP to no avail, she got in touch with Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies team. The show then contacted Dr Gerald Brookes, who was able to diagnose her rare condition as Basilar Migraine.
Catherine Eade was having dizzy spells and balance problems. When inexplicably she started suffering memory loss too, she consulted Dr Gerald Brookes at The Harley Street ENT Clinic who correctly diagnosed her problem as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
The Harley Street ENT Clinic looked after The X-Factor TV show contestants for many seasons. At the end of the 2010 season, Dr Gerald Brookes was interviewed by Nicky Broyd of Boots WebMD on the perils of high pressure performing.