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The use of objective measures in selecting patients for septal surgery
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
2010 (English)In: Rhinology, ISSN 0300-0729, Vol. 48, no 4, 387-393 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To improve results in septal surgery, patient selection is the mainstay of a successful outcome. Patient history is the basis as well as clinical examination but both are subjective and must be considered towards a background with a high frequency of septal deviation in the population and a lack of good correlation between function and status. Rhinomanometry and acoustic rhinometry as well as nasal peak inspiratory flow are tests of different nasal parameters as resistance to breathing, nasal dimensions and flow. This article illuminates the use of these more objective tests in selection of patients for septoplasty. Objective tests have in several studies shown to predict postoperative satisfaction while normal values can be a marker for a poor surgical outcome. Pros and cons with objective tests are discussed and the conclusion is: operate when there is a good correlation between the patient's status, history and the results of rhinometry!

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2010. Vol. 48, no 4, 387-393 p.
Keyword [en]
septal surgery, rhinomanometry, acoustic rhinometry, nasal peak inspiratory flow, objective measures
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-156167ISI: 000291894700002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-156167DiVA: diva2:430892
Available from: 2011-07-13 Created: 2011-07-13 Last updated: 2011-07-13Bibliographically approved

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