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Rhinoplasty Alleviates Nasal Obstruction Symptoms

Relief comes after external valve suspension, septoplasty, turbinectomy or spreader grafting

TUESDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Functional rhinoplasty can dramatically relieve symptoms of severe nasal obstruction in most patients, according to a report in the September/October issue of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

Sam P. Most, M.D., of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, studied outcomes after 41 patients underwent functional rhinoplasty for severely obstructed nasal passages due to internal or external valve collapse, deviated septum and turbinate hypertrophy.

The researcher found that none of the patients had surgical complications, and that all experienced significant relief from symptoms of nasal obstruction. Relief came to patients who underwent several types of procedures, including septoplasty, spreader grafting, turbinectomy and external valve suspension.

"Functional rhinoplasty techniques are effective in improving nasal airway function as measured by a patient-based, disease-specific, quality-of-life instrument," the author writes. "The specific techniques considered to treat nasal obstruction can be tailored to address the areas of concern, including septal deviation, internal or external valve collapse, and turbinate hypertrophy."

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