DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/issn.2454-5929.ijohns20190985

Pulmonary function improvement following septoplasty

Ganeshbala Arivazhagan, V. Srinivasa, Rizwan Rafeeque, Rijith Salim

Abstract


Background: Nasal septal deviation is a frequent cause of increased nasal airway resistance. A narrow nasal airway would result in a decreased airflow into the lungs. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the alterations of the pulmonary functions prior to and following septoplasty using spirometry.

Methods: Thirty patients with obvious nasal septal deviations were enrolled in the study. All patients had a detailed otorhinolaryngologic examination, and were performed spirometry, prior to and one month after septoplasty surgery, and the results were compared.  

Results: Septoplasty improves the nasal breathing pattern. While reducing FEF50% (maximum expiratory flow at 50% of FVC)/FIF50%, it increases PEF and FIF50% values. In addition, exercise capacity improves following surgery. Postoperative scores showed reduction markedly compared to preoperative values (p<0.001).

Conclusions: Nasal septal surgery has a positive effect on pulmonary functions.

 

 


Keywords


Nasal septal deviation, Septoplasty, Spirometry

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