Maj (Dr) Himanshu Joshi, Brig (Dr) Avinash Das


As yet, there is no totally satisfactory means for treating hypertrophied turbinate sans the proper management of turbinate dysfunction remains in question. In the present series, two of the widely practiced surgical procedures(coblation and sub mucosal diathermy) for the reduction of the size of the inferior turbinates were evaluated and compared. In all case turbinectomy was performed as an isolated procedure. Sixty patients with inferior turbinate hypertrophy were selected and randomly divided into two groups and followed up post operatively for 06 months. Study of the result indicated that the beneficial effect of the operation is mainly mechanical by reduction of the resistance to nasal airflow. None of the procedure had a deleterious effect on olfactory acuity. The surgical technique, advantages and drawbacks of each of these procedures are discussed.


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