Inferior turbinectomy

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Hypertrophy of the inferior turbinates is a common cause of nasal obstruction. Various surgical procedures may be performed to reduce the turbinate bulk and open blocked nasal airway passages. Since partial procedures on the inferior turbinates often give unsatisfactory results, we perform total inferior turbinectomy in patients with obstructive inferior turbinates when medical treatments are no longer effective. More than 2,400 patients underwent total inferior turbinectomy in our department over the past 15 years. Atrophic changes of the nasal mucosa or chronic purulent infection were not observed postoperatively in any of the patients. This article presents the indications for inferior turbinectomy, describes the surgical approach, and assesses the operative complications and consequences. Total inferior turbinectomy was found to be a rapid and simple procedure that is easy to perform, offers consistent and predictably favorable outcomes, and does not lead to undesirable sequelae.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-193
Number of pages5
JournalOperative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Turbinate
  • allergic-vasomotor rhinitis
  • chronic rhinitis
  • inferior turbinectomy
  • nasal obstruction


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