TITLE

What is the role of partial middle turbinectomy in endocanalicular laser-assisted endonasal dacryocystorhinostomy?

AUTHOR(S)
Basmak, Hikmet; Cakli, Hamdi; Sahin, Afsun; Gursoy, Huseyin; Ozer, Ahmet; Colak, Ertugrul
PUB. DATE
July 2011
SOURCE
American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy;Jul/Aug2011, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p160
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background: This study was designed to compare outcomes of endocanalicular laser-assisted endonasal dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) with and without partial anterior middle turbinectomy. Methods: A prospective randomized comparative study was conducted on 91 subjects with primary acquired nasolacrimal duct obstruction, undergoing endocanalicular (ECL) procedures. Group 1 was composed of 44 (7 bilateral) patients undergoing ECL diode laser-assisted endonasal DCR without partial anterior middle turbinectomy and group 2 was composed of 47 (7 bilateral) patients undergoing partial anterior middle turbinectomy and ECL diode laser-assisted endonasal DCR. Follow-up period was 11.0 (6.0-14.5 months) months for group 1 and 9.2 (5.0-14.2 months) months for group 2. Functional success was defined as absence of epiphora and anatomic success was defined as ability to irrigate the lacrimal system. Anatomic and functional success at the 1st week, 3rd month, and final postoperative examinations of two groups were compared using chi-square tests. Results: Final anatomic successes were 39/51 (76%) cases for group 1 and 51/54 (94%) cases for group 2. Final functional successes were 36/51 (%71) patients in group 1 and 48/54 (88%) patients in group 2. Group 2 had higher success at the final examination and the difference was statistically significant. Conclusion: We recommend partial anterior middle turbinectomy in all laser ECL laser-assisted endonasal DCR, but further studies with larger sample sizes are needed to strengthen our hypothesis.
ACCESSION #
62541140

 

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