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Partial middle turbinectomy by nasotracheal intubation

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June 1, 2006
by Shalini Patiar, MRCS; Eu Chin Ho, MRCS; Rory C.D. Herdman, FRCS
Abstract
Partial middle turbinate avulsion is a rare complication of nasotracheal intubation. Patients usually experience a brisk hemorrhage at the time of injury. Postoperatively, some patients develop a unilateral nasal obstruction, while others are asymptomatic. We present an unusual case in which a patient became symptomatic many years after the incident. We hope to raise awareness that a traumatic disruption of the turbinates secondary to nasotracheal intubation might lead to the development of an abnormal nasopharyngeal mass.

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