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Effect of partial middle turbinectomy on nasal airflow and resistance

P R Cook, A Begegni, W C Bryant, W E Davis
Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery 1995, 113 (4): 413-9
We report the first prospective study of the effect of partial middle turbinectomy on nasal airflow and resistance as measured objectively by active anterior rhinomanometry. Our study group consisted of 31 consecutive patients who underwent functional endoscopic sinus surgery with simultaneous partial middle turbinate resections. We found that all patients had significant improvement in nasal airflow (p < 0.001) and significant decrease in nasal resistance (p < 0.001). Thus we found no deleterious effect on nasal function. Additionally, we reviewed the literature on retrospective series in which patients had received partial middle turbinectomies and found no evidence that nasal function was impaired after surgery. We conclude that partial middle turbinectomy may be performed without adversely altering nasal function, as measured by active anterior rhinomanometry.

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