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A Comparative Study between Sub Mucous Diathermy with or without Inferior Partial Turbinectomy

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DOI: 10.4236/ijohns.2018.71004    558 Downloads   1,068 Views


Objective: In this study we aimed to compare the effects of submucosal cauterization of the inferior turbinate with or without inferior partial turbinectomy. Materials and methods: In this prospective cohort study, 60 patients with inferior turbinate hypertrophy were randomized and divided into two groups. The first one was submitted to submucosal cauterization associated with partial turbinectomy, and the second one only submucous cauterization. Five items were assessed to compare both methods: pain, nasal bleeding, scarring, crustation and nasal air way patency. Follow-up was performed on days 1, 14, 30 and 3 months later. Results: In both groups crusting formation was similar. Reactionary hemorrhage was more common in turbinectomy group. Scarring showed better results in the turbinectomy group in the first month postoperative, airway patency showed good results in 80% of the patients with turbinectomy. Conclusion: Submucosal cauterization with inferior partial turbinectomy has yielded better nasal patency when compared to submucosal electrocautery ablation alone.

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Abo El-Magd, E. , Rezk, I. and Mohamed Sobh, K. (2018) A Comparative Study between Sub Mucous Diathermy with or without Inferior Partial Turbinectomy. International Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, 7, 26-33. doi: 10.4236/ijohns.2018.71004.

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