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Article Published In Vol.4 (Sept-Oct-2016)

The effectiveness and safety of radiofrequency in the management of nasal obstruction secondary to inferior turbinate hypertrophy

Author : Dr.Sajad Alhelo and Dr.Ahmed Shanoon

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Nasal obstruction is a frequent complaint in ENT clinics and significantly affect the patient`s quality of life. Inferior turbinate hypertrophy is one of the common causes of nasal obstruction, surgical reduction of inferior turbinate is indicated in refractory cases not responding to conservative measures & the optimal surgical technique is controversial. The aim of our study was to evaluate the efficacy of radiofrequency in treating inferior turbinate hypertrophy, a prospective study was conducted & radiofrequency ablation was performed on 32 patients complaining of chronic nasal obstruction due to inferior turbinate hypertrophy & other causes of nasal obstruction were excluded , & results were assessed preoperatively & 1st week , 1st month & 3rd month postoperatively depending on subjective visual analogue scale for nasal obstruction, grade of inferior turbinate hypertrophy & complications. There was significant reduction in inferior turbinate size and improvement in nasal obstruction, no major complication was recorded, so we conclude that radiofrequency is an effective and safe in management of inferior turbinate hypertrophy.

Keywords: Inferior turbinate hypertrophy, Radiofrequency, Nasal obstruction, Radiofrequency ablation

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