Procedure

  • Saccharine is placed with a cotton swab on the inferior turbinate, at the junction of the anterior and middle thirds of the turbinate
  • The patient must be instructed to not sniff, blow the nose or use any topical nasal therapies during the test
  • The time untile patient tastes saccharine is recorded
  • Interpretation
    • Normal usually <20 minutes
    • >30 minutes considered indicative of dysfunction of ciliary motility