TRANSNASAL ESOPHAGOSCOPY (TNE)
“Anyone with acid reflux or who has chronic hoarseness, heartburn, indigestion, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, or chronic cough should have a screening transnasal esophagoscopy performed to rule out Barrett’s esophagus or esophageal cancer.” Dr. Jamie A. Koufman
Transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) is a new technology that allows for examination of the esophagus, the swallowing tube between the throat and stomach, without the patient being put to sleep. Most commonly, this is done to check for cancer and other esophageal disorders. Indeed, the technology has changed. Doctors can now look inside while patients are awake, comfortable, and without pain, using TNE. The idea that you can only be checked for cancer in a special facility and under anesthesia is archaic. Anyone who has difficulty swallowing, painful swallowing, or who had acid reflux, should have a TNE examination. TNE is currently the best method for “screening” the esophagus for trouble. Depending on the findings of the TNE, other diagnostics may be needed.