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Rhinology. 2013 Jun;51(2):120-7. doi: 10.4193/Rhin12.194.

Feasibility of balloon sinuplasty in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis: the Graz experience.

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Department of General ORL, Medical University, Graz, Austria.



Balloon sinuplasty (BSP) is a catheter-based technique to dilate sinus ostia and drainage pathways to create ventilation and drainage. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of BSP in routine treatment of patients suffering from chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS).


Patients with CRS refractory to medical therapy who had been scheduled for endoscopic sinus surgery between 2009 and 2011 were included in this study.


Forty-five consecutive patients were included in this study, in whom 112 sinuses were approached by BSP. Of the 112 sinuses, 68 (60%) were planned as a "Balloon-Only" procedure and 44 (40%) were planned as a "Hybrid" procedure. Of the 68 sinuses in the "Balloon-Only" group, in 44 sinuses BSP failed, equating to a failure rate of 65%. Forty-four sinuses were planned for "Hybrid" procedures. In 29 of these sinuses BSP failed, giving a failure rate of 66%.


According to literature, BSP can be a useful adjunct technique to standard FESS. In our experience, however, a failure rate of 65% for "Balloon-Only" and of 66% for "Hybrid" procedures occurred, which was regarded as unacceptable by the study group. Therefore, the study initially scheduled for 200 consecutive patients, was abandoned.

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