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Am J Rhinol. 2006 Jan-Feb;20(1):40-2.

Effects of septoplasty on the nasal flora.

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Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Zerifin, Israel.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Disruption in the balance of the nasal flora influences infectious diseases of the nose. We characterized the changes in nasal flora of the middle meatus of patients with a symptomatic deviated nasal septum before and after septoplasty.

METHODS:

The study cohort included 33 patients with symptomatic deviated nasal septum who underwent septoplasty from 1998 to 2001. Cultures from the middle meatus were taken preoperatively and 1 month postoperatively.

RESULTS:

Fifty-two percent of the preoperative cultures and 76% of the postoperative cultures were positive. The preoperatively cultured bacteria were similar to those usually cultured from the nose of a healthy individual-mainly Staphylococcus aureus and Corynebacterium. The postoperative cultures included bacteria not considered as being nasal flora and infrequently cultured from the nose: Pseudomonas, Haemophilus influenza, and Staphylococcus coagulase negative.

CONCLUSION:

Symptomatic septal deviation does not influence nasalflora. The bacterial changes without clinical complaints that we found postseptoplasty might call for a more in-depth workup.

PMID:
16539293
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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