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Clinical effectiveness of coblation inferior turbinate reduction

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003 Oct;129(4):365-71.

Clinical effectiveness of coblation inferior turbinate reduction.

Bhattacharyya N, Kepnes LJ.

Division of Otolaryngology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA. [email protected]

OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine the safety and clinical effectiveness of coblation (short for “cold ablation”) inferior turbinate reduction for turbinate hypertrophy.

METHODS: A consecutive series of adult patients with inferior turbinate hypertrophy were treated with the coblation technique in the office setting. Subjective symptoms were assessed prior to treatment and at the 3- and 6-month intervals after treatment with the Rhinosinusitis Symptom Inventory (RSI) and a short nasal symptom questionnaire.

RESULTS: Twenty-four of 26 treated patients completed the protocol. At the 3-month follow-up, statistically significant decreases in the nasal and overall symptom domains of the RSI were noted (changes of -10.5 and -8.7, with P = 0.018 and P = 0.015, respectively). These improvements were also significant at the 6-month follow-up (-20.1 and -15.8 with, P < 0.001 and P < 0.001, respectively). At the 3-month interval, nasal obstruction and amount of time with nasal obstruction were significantly decreased (P = 0.006 and P = 0.011, respectively). These decreases remained statistically significant and slightly larger in magnitude at 6 months (P = 0.001 and P = 0.006, respectively). Postoperative epistaxis occurred in 2 of 24 (8.3%) of patients.

CONCLUSION: Coblation inferior turbinate reduction is an effective procedure for inferior turbinate hypertrophy. The clinical benefit persists at 6 months after the procedure.

PMID: 14574290 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]