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Nasal mucosal biopsy
Alternative namesBiopsy - nasal mucosa; Nose biopsy
DefinitionA nasal mucosal biopsy is a diagnostic procedure in which a small piece of tissue is removed from the mucosal lining of the nose.
How the test is performedA topical anesthetic is sprayed into the nose (in some cases injection of local anesthesia may be required). A small piece of the tissue that appears abnormal is removed and sent to the laboratory for analysis.
How to prepare for the testNo special preparation is necessary, although fasting for a few hours may be advisable.
Infants and children:
The physical and psychological preparation you can provide for this or any test or procedure depends on your child's age, interests, previous experiences, and level of trust. For specific information regarding how you can prepare your child, see the following topics as they correspond to your child's age:
How the test will feelThere may be some pressure or tugging sensations during removal of the specimen. After the anesthetic wears off, the area may be sore for a few days.
Why the test is performedNasal mucosal biopsy is most often performed when abnormal tissue is observed during examination of the nose or when disorders affecting the nasal mucosal tissue are suspected.
Normal ValuesThere is normal mucosal tissue, with no abnormal growths or tissues.
What abnormal results mean
What the risks are
Avoid blowing your nose after the biopsy.
Update Date: 10/27/2003James L. Demetroulakos M.D. F.A.C.S., Department Of Otolaryngology, North Shore Medical Center, Salem, MA. Clinical Instructor in Otology and Laryngology Harvard Medical School. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT