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Nasoendoscopy is a test that allows the doctor and speech pathologist to look at the soft palate and the back of the throat as your child speaks.

Many children have problems with their speech. A person called a speech pathologist will test your child for speech problems. Sometimes a speech problem is caused by how the soft palate moves or a soft palate that is too short. With these children, the voice will sound very nasal. Sometimes it is because the soft palate and the muscles in the throat do not work together.

A nasoendoscopy may need to be done to see how the soft palate is working. For the test, a small tube is placed in your child's nose when he or she is awake. This tube is about the width of a spaghetti noodle.

Children do the best with little talk about the test. Please tell your child that he/she is coming to see the doctor so he/she can look in their throat. A child with too much information may become anxious before they arrive making it hard to do the test. We will explain the procedure to them once we are ready to begin.


For younger children, an ointment or spray will be used to numb the nose and back of the throat. The doctor may decide not to use the nasal spray if he/she thinks the child will do well without it. The spray will feel cold and may burn for a few seconds. The doctor will then place the tube into the nose. The tube is only in the nose for about five minutes.

This lets everyone watch the picture on a television screen. The parent and child will also be able to watch the picture along with the doctor. A VCR is hooked up to the camera tube to record the picture for later use. This picture will tell if the soft palate is working right. If it is not working right, the doctor or the speech pathologist will discuss plans to treat the problem. This may be surgery and/or speech therapy.

If your child has a cold, he/she should not have this test done. Please call the Craniofacial Center at (757) 668-7031 or (757) 627-6700.

Please bring your insurance card and referrals from your primary care physician. Your nasoendoscopy test is scheduled for ___________________________________ at the Shared Surgical Suite (Suite 5C is on the fifth floor of Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters.) Without the right referral paperwork, the appointment may be canceled or you may have to pay for the visit.

If you have any questions, please call the Craniofacial Center at (757) 668-7031 or (757) 627-6700. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 08/06

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