Objective: To assess the effectiveness of resection of inferior turbinate with assisted powered instrumentation in patients with nasal allergy.
Study design: A total of 50 patients presenting to the outpatient Department of Otorhinolaryngology in Sree Balaji Medical College & Hospital, Chennai, India, with nasal allergy with turbinate hypertrophy on examination between the age of 19 to 45 years were included in the study during the period between December 2014 and July 2015.
Materials and methods: All patients were assessed subjectively by a questionnaire regarding their symptoms and objectively graded by the size of turbinate hypertrophy as grades I, II, and III. Patients with grade II and III turbinate hypertrophy were subjected to inferior turbinectomy using microdebrider and followed up for postoperative outcome and any complications.
Results: The advantage of the microdebrider technique is the precise control of the amount of tissue and location of tissue, i.e., removed on a submucosal plane. There are very less complications. There was no crusting or excessive bleeding during the procedure.
Conclusion: The results show that submucous resection of inferior turbinates with a microdebrider is a safe method of achieving turbinate size reduction with minimal morbidity.
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