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Chronic inferior turbinate enlargement and the implications for surgical intervention.
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PMID:  17216738     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Nasal obstruction due to chronic enlargement of the inferior turbinate is a common problem for the ENT surgeon. This review will discuss the pathology of 'bilateral' and 'unilateral' turbinate enlargement associated with chronic rhinitis and nasal septal deviation, and focus on the structural changes in the turbinates. Cellular hyperplasia, tissue oedema and vascular congestion all contribute to turbinate enlargement, but there is some evidence that bony enlargement is associated with unilateral turbinate enlargement. There is no evidence for cellular hypertrophy despite the common use of the term 'turbinate hypertrophy' and this term should be replaced with the more correct term of 'turbinate enlargement'. The underlying pathology of turbinate enlargement has important implications for the surgical management of nasal obstruction.
S E J Farmer; R Eccles
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Rhinology     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0300-0729     ISO Abbreviation:  Rhinology     Publication Date:  2006 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-12     Completed Date:  2007-03-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0347242     Medline TA:  Rhinology     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  234-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Common Cold Centre, Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Chronic Disease
Nasal Mucosa / pathology,  surgery
Nasal Obstruction / etiology,  surgery*
Nasal Septum / pathology,  surgery
Turbinates / pathology*,  surgery*

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