Transnasal esophagoscopy / LPR

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has anyone had a  Transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) to diagnose LPR? check for hiated hernia/esophigeal damage etc

is that possible?

i am unable to have an endoscopy done for other health reasons

i've been to an ENT and a GI such a waste of time.

also i have test postive from the pepsin test from rdbiomed

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    Hi Emma

    I had TNE done but remember the ENT guy saying that they stop at the throat. Anything lower is then looked at by a gastroenterologist. This may vary I guess or they may make exceptions on a case by case basis.

    Best to just ask. TNE is easy by the way and doesn't hurt at all.

    good luck


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    Hi emma25241 ask for a barium meal swollow it will show them a lot having endoscopy is better because thrg ca. See more in the way of damage acid as done and endoscopy down nose only goes as far as the throat
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    A lot of misinformation here. A TNE can actually reach the stomach. TNE is significantly different than the camera used at an ENT's office visit.

    The limitations of a TNE is that it cannot view the lower stomach and duodenum. It can take small biopsy sizes, but they are less than ideal.

    It can view the throat, esophagus, Les, and upper stomach, at a fraction of the cost of an upper GI EGD scope. It is less uncomfortable, and does not require anaesthesia. It takes less than ten minutes, and there is no recovery time. A TNE makes the standard endoscopy scope look barbaric.

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      thank you so much for your reply smile yes i agree i have been researching TNE for a few months, i'm surprised no doctors i have seen have suggested it as an alternative since it seems like a no brainer and when i mention it they are also confusing it with other things or don't know what im talking about.

      i finally found two voice and swallowing specialists in my state which offer TNE but that was not easy

      im just a little confused why it is rarely being used and not easily accessible


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     also the reason i am trying to get a transnasal-esophagoscopy is because i can not have a EGD and it seems like the most logical next step.

    i have already had an ENT check my nose and throat with a camera three times

    and im a bit cautious about a barium swallow as i have had horrible side effects before


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