Tests to diagnose

You might have one or more of the following tests to diagnose nasal and paranasal sinus cancer.


A nasoendoscopy is part of a normal ear, nose and throat examination. It is a procedure to look at the inside and back of the nose.

Biopsy for nasal and paranasal sinus cancer

A biopsy means removing a sample of tissue and looking at it under a microscope.

Fine needle aspiration (FNA)

A fine needle aspiration uses a thin needle to take a small sample of fluid and cells from a swollen lymph node in the neck.

Last reviewed: 
21 Oct 2020
Next review due: 
20 Oct 2023
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