Rhinoscopy is performed to visualize the inside of the nasal cavity and the nasopharynx for cases of chronic epistaxis (nose bleeds), sneezing, and nasal discharge. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
Rhinoscopy is valuable in visualizing and removing foreign bodies, to assess the nasal mucosa for inflammation, erosion, ulceration, masses, polyps, plaques, and parasites. Samples can be obtained for biopsy and culture and sensitivity for rapid and accurate diagnosis. Removal of suspicious lesions is sometimes possible during the procedure.