Evaluation of the effect of inferior turbinate outfracture on nasolacrimal transit time by saccharin test

  • Kerem KökoğluEmail author
  • Alperen Vural



To evaluate the effect of inferior turbinate outfracture on nasolacrimal transit time by saccharin test.

Materials and methods

Twenty patients who underwent septoplasty + unilateral radiofrequency ablation and outfracture of inferior turbinate were enrolled into study. They had no complaints about their eyes and denied previous ocular surgery. Their nasolacrimal saccharin transit times (NSTTs) were estimated preoperatively and postoperatively in the 1st and 2nd months. The non-fractured side eye was measured only once preoperatively. The fractured-side eye was measured three times. These times were compared statistically.


There were 8 men and 12 women. Mean age was 29.04. Killian incision was used in 14 and hemitransfixion incision was used in 6 patients. Median NSTT was 484, 461, 490 and 446 s for the non-fracture side, preoperatively and postoperatively in the 1st and 2nd months, respectively. There was no statistically significant difference between the two eyes preoperatively, and in the fractured side preoperatively and postoperatively in the 2nd month. There were significant differences between median NSTT in postoperative 1st month and median NSTT in the preoperative measure, and between postoperative 1st and 2nd months (p < 0.05). Median NSST in the 1st month was longer than the others.


Outfracture of inferior turbinate had no permanent effect on NSTT 2 months after surgery in patients that had a healthy nasolacrimal system.


Jones test Epiphora Mucociliary clearance 




Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OtolaryngologyKayseri City HospitalKayseriTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of MedicineErciyes UniversityKayseriTurkey

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