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An endoscopic approach to the deviated nasal septum – a preliminary study

  • Dipak Ranjan Nayak (a1), R. Balakrishnan (a1) and K. Deepak Murthy (a1)

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The authors have used the nasal endoscope for the precise identification of pathological abnormalities of the nasal septum in relation to the lateral nasal wall including the osteo-meatal complex and in its ultraconservative management. The aim of the study was to compare the efficacies of endoscope-aided septoplasty (EAS) over traditional septoplasty (TS) in treating the pathological septum and turbinates, performed in 30 cases each. The subjective assessment was carried out by visual analogue scores and objective assessment by nasal endoscopy. This study demonstrates the superiority and limitations of the endoscopic approach in managing a deviated nasal septum and the turbinates. The endoscope-aided technique was found to be more effective in relieving the contact areas and nasal obstruction (p = ≤0.05). The authors advocate a combined approach – an endoscopic approach for inaccessible posterior deviation and the conservative traditional technique for accessible anterior deviation of the nasal septum.

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Address for correspondence: Dr Dipak Ranjan Nayak, M.S., Associate Professor and Chief, Department of ENT, Kasturba Medical College & Hospital, Manipal-576119, Karnataka. India. Fax: 91 08252 70061 E-mail: info@mahe.ernet.in

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An endoscopic approach to the deviated nasal septum – a preliminary study

  • Dipak Ranjan Nayak (a1), R. Balakrishnan (a1) and K. Deepak Murthy (a1)

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