Journal of Otology & RhinologyISSN: 2324-8785

Commentary, J Otol Rhinol Vol: 3 Issue: 3

Does the Method of Inferior Turbinate Surgery Affect the Development of Empty Nose Syndrome?

Steven M. Houser*
Department of Otolaryngology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland,USA
Corresponding author : Steven M. Houser
2500 MetroHealth Dr., MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland OH 44109, USA
Tel: 2167788890; Fax: 2167787868
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: December 22, 2013 Accepted: February 01, 2014 Published: February 01, 2014
Citation: Houser SM (2014) Does the Method of Inferior Turbinate Surgery Affect the Development of Empty Nose Syndrome?. J Otol Rhinol 3:3. doi:10.4172/2324-8785.1000159

Abstract

Does the Method of Inferior Turbinate Surgery Affect the Development of Empty Nose Syndrome?

Empty Nose Syndrome (ENS) is a poorly understood iatrogenic syndrome that may follow surgery involving turbinate reduction. In the author’s experience, procedures which spare the mucosa are less likely to create ENS. Mucosal damage, rather than the sheer volume of tissue loss, appears to be of critical importance in ENS. Turbinate reduction is often appropriate therapy, but conservative mucosal sparing techniques should be employed.

Keywords: Congenital empty nose syndrome; Paradoxical obstruction; Turbinate surgery; Conservative mucosal sparing techniques

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