Surgical Management of the Turbinates



Nasal stuffiness is a symptom which has a negative effect on the quality of the life of a person. The nasal turbinates, of which there are three in each of the right and left nasal cavities, are situated on the outer wall of the nasal cavity. One of the most important causes of this symptom is turbinate hypertrophy, which occurs for various reasons. Surgical interventions are put on the agenda for patients where results have not been able to be achieved with medical treatment. The main objective in inferior nasal turbinate surgery in particular is to reduce the size of the tissue, by protecting the functions of the mucous membrane and the physiological airway resistance as far as possible, and thereby easing nasal respiration. The techniques used for this purpose have certain advantages and disadvantages when compared with each other. While there are studies within the literature which compare these techniques from various aspects, the lack of a high number of controlled studies which obtain findings based on evidence does catch attention. Techniques which aim to reduce the size of the turbinate can both be applied on their own, or additionally during other nasal interventions such as endoscopic sinus surgery, septoplasty, cosmetic rhinoplasty and narrowness of the piriform aperture.


Nasal turbinate Hypertrophy Treatment Medical Surgery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyEskisehir Osmangazi University Medicine FacultyEskişehirTurkey
  2. 2.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyUniversidade Estadual do CearáFortalezaBrazil

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