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Septoplasty with or without postoperative nasal packing? Prospective study.
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PMID:  23929148     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: To assess the need for anterior nasal packing and the quality of life of patients submitted to septoplasty.
METHOD: Patients submitted to septoplasty with or without inferior turbinoplasty were randomized to receive or not anterior nasal packing postoperatively. We recorded and compared postoperative data (pain and bleeding). Quality of life was assessed before and after surgery. This is a randomized prospective study.
RESULTS: We had 73 patients (37 packed and 36 who did not receive a nasal packing) with a minimum follow-up of 3 months. Patients with nasal packing complained more of nasal pain and headache in the immediate postoperative period. Of these patients, 75.7% reported moderate/intense pain upon nasal packing removal. Bleeding was more frequent in those patients who did not receive a nasal packing, and only 1 patient required packing. All the patients enjoyed an improvement in quality of life.
CONCLUSION: Septoplasty improves the quality of life of patients with septal deviation and nasal obstruction. Routine use of anterior nasal packing should be challenged for not presenting proven benefit.
Maria Teresa Bernardo; Sandra Alves; Nuno Barros Lima; Diamantino Helena; Artur Condé
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Brazilian journal of otorhinolaryngology     Volume:  79     ISSN:  1808-8686     ISO Abbreviation:  Braz J Otorhinolaryngol     Publication Date:  2013 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-8-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101207337     Medline TA:  Braz J Otorhinolaryngol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG; POR     Pagination:  471-474     Citation Subset:  -    
Vernacular Title:
Septoplastia com ou sem tamponamento pós-operatório? Estudo prospectivo.
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