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J Otolaryngol. 1996 Jun;25(3):162-4.

Value of nasal radiographs in nasal trauma management.

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Department of Otolaryngology, Toronto Hospital, Ontario.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the value of routinely acquiring plain nasal radiographs in patients following nasal trauma both clinically and cost effectively.

DESIGN:

A questionnaire was devised to determine the factors that influence physicians to order nasal x-rays and whether or not the results of these radiographs influence management.

SETTING:

The questionnaire was distributed to the otolaryngology staff and residents, emergency physicians, and family physicians affiliated with the University of Toronto.

METHODS:

Descriptive statistics were employed.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Percentages of reasons for ordering nasal x-rays and their part in treatment management.

RESULTS:

The commonest reasons for ordering nasal x-rays in these cases included perceived severity of injury and detection of unsuspected facial fractures, as well as presumed need for medicolegal documentation.

CONCLUSIONS:

Nasal x-rays are not of substantial medicolegal value and do not play a role in the treatment of the patient. Nasal radiographs are not a cost-effective investigation in the management of trauma to the nose, and their routine use should be abandoned.

PMID:
8783080
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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