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Effects of Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation on the Nasal Cycle Measured Using Rhinomanometry.
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PMID:  24944272     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to research the effects of radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFTA) surgery on the nasal cycle, with anterior rhinomanometry being used for assessment.
METHODS: Thirty patients with inferior concha hypertrophy and 13 healthy volunteers were included in this study. An anterior rhinomanometry was performed on each of the patients before surgery and at 1 month and 6 months after surgery, and on the volunteers in the control group, simultaneously.
RESULTS: Nineteen of the 30 patients and 8 of the 13 healthy participants showed a distinct type of nasal cycle at different periods of measurement. The mean of the total nasal airflow of the patients was lower before RFTA surgery but increased at a rate of 71.07%, closer to the value of the control group, after RFTA surgery. After RFTA, the unilateral nasal airflow (fmin and fmax) values increased at ratios of 22.36% and 94.44%, respectively. The amplitude (fmax-fmin) showed a statistically significant decrease in the postoperative period (108.43 ± 54.37), when compared with that of the preoperative period (202.80 ± 81.24) (P < .01).
CONCLUSION: We conclude that the RFTA is a useful method for treating inferior concha hypertrophy, because it positively affects the nasal physiology, increasing the total nasal airflow without changing the nasal cycle time.
Authors:
Arzu Tatar; Enver Altas
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-6-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0003-4894     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol.     Publication Date:  2014 Jun 
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Created Date:  2014-6-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0407300     Medline TA:  Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© The Author(s) 2014.
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