Children with conditions of the esophagus often need a test called an “upper endoscopy." In children and adults, these tests usually require general anesthesia, which means a day at the hospital and food restrictions — plus a lot of coordination for families.
We offer a test called an “unsedated GI transnasal endoscopy” (TNE), where kids 10 and older can now have their endoscopy in an outpatient setting. That’s because with a TNE, our Nemours gastroenterologist (GI doctor) uses a local anesthetic and the camera travels through the nose.
The benefits of a TNE as compared to a sedated endoscopy include: