Transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) is done to check for cancer and other esophageal disorders while patients are awake, comfortable, and without pain. Anyone who has difficulty swallowing, painful swallowing or dysphagia, 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.
TNE translates to “through-the-nose examination” of the esophagus. The TNE examination is every bit as comprehensive and thorough as more expensive and invasive methods that require sedation in a special facility. In 2001, Dr. Koufman first reported a series of TNE patients.
There may be as many as 125 million Americans who need esophageal screening, and at present about 10 million esophageal examinations are performed each year, mostly by gastroenterologists in expensive facilities with the patients under sedation. The sedated (GI) endoscopy industry costs America more than $50 billion per year; however, TNE is the safer, less-expensive, and more accurate alternative.
“Anyone with acid reflux or who has chronic hoarseness, heartburn, indigestion,sore throat, difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), or chronic cough should have a screening transnasal esophagoscopy performed to rule out Barrett’s esophagus or esophageal cancer.” – Dr. Jamie A. Koufman
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