Clinical Case Database / Category: Practical Procedure

Flexible nasendoscopy

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Anna Melissa Harrison, Karl Frederick Braekkan Payne
Foundation Years Journal, volume 4, issue 7, p.48 (123Doc Education, London, July 2010)


We present a case history of a patient presenting with a sore throat and odynophagia, who underwent a flexible nasendoscopy to diagnose epiglottitis. The practical procedure of flexible nasendoscopy is reviewed; focusing on explaining the procedure and gaining consent, along with the indications, contraindications and complications of nasendoscopy.

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Anna Melissa Harrison

FY1 Doctor
Royal Derby Hospital

Karl Frederick Braekkan Payne

FY1 Doctor
Royal Derby Hospital


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