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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Jul;143(1):60-5. doi: 10.1016/j.otohns.2010.04.013.

Nasal septum to columella attachment: a major tip support?

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Department of Otolaryngology, Hospital Universitario Clínica San Rafael, Bogotá, Colombia. otoleor@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine whether surgical section of attachment of the medial crural footplates to the quadrangular cartilage produces loosening of the nasal tip.

STUDY DESIGN:

Prospective, observational, before-and-after study.

SETTING:

Tertiary care center.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

Hispanic patients undergoing septoplasty who required a transfixion incision were included. A six-month postoperative assessment of the nasal tip support was compared with preoperative values. As measures of the nasal tip support, we included tip recoil test, nasolabial angle, tip rotation angle, nasofacial angle, and the Goode method for determining tip projection.

RESULTS:

Twenty-seven patients completed the follow-up, and their results are reported. There were no statistically significant differences after septoplasty in any of the five measurements used to assess the nasal tip support (P > 0.05).

CONCLUSION:

In this preliminary cohort of Hispanic patients, surgical section of the attachment of the medial crural footplates to the quadrangular cartilage does not produce significant changes in nasal tip support.

PMID:
20620620
DOI:
10.1016/j.otohns.2010.04.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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