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Evaluation of Office-Based Sheathed Flexible Nasopharyngoscopy

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Alberta Identifier:
First received: August 7, 2012
Last updated: September 14, 2016
Last verified: September 2016
The processing of standard flexible nasopharyngoscopes is a time-consuming and costly process. The goal of this study is to determine the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of sheathed flexible endoscope in an office setting.

Condition Intervention
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases Device: Endosheath

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Official Title: Evaluation of Office-Based Sheathed Flexible Nasopharyngoscopy: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Further study details as provided by University of Alberta:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Patient pain and discomfort [ Time Frame: 1 hour ]
    Patient Pain and Discomfort i. Patient's reported level of pain based on International Association for the Study of Pain definitions of pain on a 100-mm Visual Analogue Scale ii. Patient's reported level of discomfort on a 100-mm Visual Analogue Scale

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Physician and staff satisfaction [ Time Frame: 1 week ]
    Physician and support staff satisfaction with easy and efficiency of sheathed scopes.

  • Optical quality [ Time Frame: 1 hour ]
    Image quality of flexible endoscopy with or without endosheath.

Enrollment: 0
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Traditional flexible nasopharyngolaryngoscopy
No sheath procedure
Active Comparator: Sheath flexible nasopharyngolaryngoscopy
Flexible nasopharyngolaryngoscopy using endosheath
Device: Endosheath
Flexible sheathed nasopharyngolaryngoscopy

Detailed Description:

Methods: Randomized, single-blinded, controlled trial

Setting: Office practice of two academic otolaryngologists at a community hospital.

Primary Outcomes: Patient pain and discomfort, Optical quality

Secondary Outcomes: Physician and nursing staff satisfaction


Comparison: No-sheath flexible nasopharyngoscopy versus sheathed flexible nasopharyngoscopy


Ages Eligible for Study:   17 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult patients presenting to the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery service with complaints warranting flexible endoscopy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Known sinonasal masses or nasal polyposis
  • Unable to complete VAS surveys
  • Significant septal deviation
  • Unable to tolerate in-office flexible nasopharyngoscopy
  • Patients who refuse consent
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01669278

Canada, Alberta
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6H 2H7
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Alberta
Principal Investigator: Dr. Allan Ho University of Alberta
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Alberta Identifier: NCT01669278     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UA-Endo001
Study First Received: August 7, 2012
Last Updated: September 14, 2016

Keywords provided by University of Alberta:

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Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017