Endoscopic view of a concha bullosa of the inferior nasal turbinate

May 7, 2014
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Rhinoscopic Clinic

Pneumatization of the inferior turbinate, or concha bullosa of the inferior turbinate, is clinically significant when it causes persistent nasal airway obstruction.

A 42-year-old woman presented with a left nasal airway obstruction. Endoscopic examination of her nose showed an extremely hypertrophic left inferior turbinate (figure, A). The right inferior turbinate was of normal size. She elected to undergo nasal airway reconstruction with partial inferior turbinate reduction of the left inferior turbinate.

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