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Septoplasty and Turbinate Reduction in Children

  • Christian P. Soneru
  • Charles A. Riley
  • David A. Gudis
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Abstract

Nasal obstruction in the pediatric patient can lead to decreased quality of life and contribute to sleep disordered breathing. In severe cases with prolonged obligate mouth breathing, it may even lead to dental and craniofacial abnormalities. In children who present with nasal obstruction, a thorough physical exam and nasal endoscopy should be performed with particular attention to the nasal septum and inferior turbinates. If symptoms persist despite appropriate medical therapy, surgery should be considered. A septoplasty may be performed safely and effectively with good evidence that the procedure does not affect craniofacial development if performed with meticulous surgical techniques. Inferior turbinate reduction may be performed in a variety of ways, although most modern techniques avoid destruction of the overlying mucosa.

Keywords

Septoplasty Inferior turbinate reduction Turbinoplasty Pediatrics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian P. Soneru
    • 1
  • Charles A. Riley
    • 1
  • David A. Gudis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck SurgeryColumbia University Irving Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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