Otolaryngology Online Journal

All submissions of the EM system will be redirected to Online Manuscript Submission System. Authors are requested to submit articles directly to Online Manuscript Submission System of respective journal.
Reach Us +44 1285300058

Review Article - Otolaryngology Online Journal (2015) Volume 5, Issue 2

Comparing the Effects of Inferior Turbinate Radiofrequency and Intranasal Corticoster-oid on Symptoms Severity and Quality of Life in Patients with Inferior Turbinate Hypertrophy

Background: Inferior turbinate hypertrophy (ITH) is a common cause of nasal obstruction. Surgical approach is often needed if is refrac-tory to medical treatment. Radiofrequency (RF) of inferior turbinate is known as an effec-tive method to decrease obstruction as well as other symptoms and improving quality of life.

Objective: This study was designed to com-pare therapeutic effects of intranasal corti-costeroid and RF on symptoms severity and quality of life in patients with ITH due to aller-gic rhinitis.

Methods: In this randomized clinical trial, pa-tients with allergic rhinitis and ITH referred to BMSU Allergic Clinic were randomized to RF and intranasal corticosteroid spray (Fluticasone 125 mcg) groups. Patients were evaluated by symp-toms severity measured by visual analogue scale, and Rhinitis Quality of Life Questionnaires (RQLQ) four times, before, first, third and sixth months after the intervention.

Results: Sixty patients with allergic rhinitis and ITH were evaluated (26 males and 34 females). The mean age was 35.5 years, and the mean BMI was 22.97 kg/m2.

Author(s): Abolfazl Taheri; Asghar Akhavan; Hamidreza Karimi-Sari; Hamidreza Zangeneh,; Mohammad Hossein Khosravi

Abstract Full Text PDF