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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Nov;145(5):845-50. doi: 10.1177/0194599811415811. Epub 2011 Aug 8.

Systematic functional assessment of nasal dyspnea: surgical outcomes and predictive ability.

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  • 1Eastern Virginia Medical School, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Evaluate the ability of a systematic preoperative evaluation to determine the most appropriate procedures for patients undergoing functional septorhinoplasty and to accurately predict postoperative outcomes.

STUDY DESIGN:

Case series with chart review.

SETTING:

Tertiary care military hospital.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

Fifty-nine consecutive patients from a quality control database who underwent functional rhinoplasties for nasal dyspnea were evaluated. All patients underwent a full preoperative assessment using intranasal manipulation to determine the area(s) contributing to their nasal dyspnea. Rates of success for the predictive ability and for the functional outcome were determined for each side of the nose by comparing preoperative visual analog scale (VAS) scores (1-10) to postoperative scores.

RESULTS:

Overall there was a 91% success rate in predicting the outcome of surgery and a 95% success rate in improving nasal dyspnea at 1 year. There was no statistically significant difference in improvement between different surgical groups (septoplasty ± alar strut grafts ± spreader grafts) or between primary surgeries and revisions.

CONCLUSION:

Using a systematic approach to evaluate patients for nasal dyspnea, it is possible to predict and improve outcomes by choosing the most appropriate surgery for each individual.

PMID:
21825100
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