Purpose Septoplasty and radiofrequency therapy for inferior turbinate hypertrophy (RFIT) are common techniques used to improve nasal patency. Our aim was to compare nasal geometry and function using acoustic rhinometry and peak nasal inspiratory flow (PNIF) in three patients groups undergoing surgery for nasal obstruction, and to investigate if the improve- ment in minimal cross-sectional area (MCA) and nasal-cavity volume (NCV) occurred in different cavity areas in the groups. Finally, we evaluated the correlation between the objective measurements and the patients’ assessment of nasal obstruction (SNO). Methods This prospective, observational study investigated 148 patients pre-operatively and 6 months post-operatively. Fifty patients underwent septoplasty (group 1), 51 underwent septoplasty combined with RFIT (group 2), and 47 underwent RFIT alone (group 3). The MCA and NCV were measured at two distances (MCA/NCV and MCA/NCV ), in addition to 0–3.0 3–5.2 measuring PNIF and SNO. Results Pre-operatively, groups 1 and 2 had narrower MC A on one side than group 3 (0.31 ± 0.14 and 0.31 ± 0.14) versus 0–3.0 (0.40 ± 0.16) cm . Post-operatively, total MC A and MCA/NCV increased in group 1. In group 2, MCA/NCV at 0–3.0 3–5.2 0–3.0 the narrow side and total MCA/NCV increased, while total
European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 5, 2018
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