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Radio-wave Therapy of Inferior Turbinates for Treatment of Intractable Vasomotor Rhinitis – a Clinical Study of the Subjective Long-term Outcome

DOI: 10.5923/j.cmd.20120201.01

Keywords: Cautery, Man, Nasal Obstruction, Radio-Wave Therapy, Rhinorrhoea, Surgery, Turbinates, Vasomotor Rhinitis

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Objective: To evaluate the subjective outcome after treatment with bi-polar radio-wave frequency therapy of the inferior turbinates in patients with vasomotor rhinitis unresponsive to nasal steroid treatment.Material and Methods: Details of 151 patients with vasomotor rhinitis were collected from an electronic patient-record system. The main indication for turbinectomy with radio-wave frequency therapy was nasal congestion. Using a questionnaire with a follow-up time between 9 and 33 months, radio-wave therapy demonstrated good subjective results with respect to nasal congestion and patient relief. No serious side effects were reported.Conclusion: Radio-wave frequency therapy is a low cost procedure suitable for out-patient clinics; the procedure is easy to perform and has a good long term effect on nasal congestion in patients with intractable vasomotor rhinitis.

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