Arteriovenous hemangioma formation following radiofrequency ablation for inferior turbinate reduction

October 26, 2011     Senol Polat, MD, Hasan Murat Tanyeri, MD, and Selcuk Bilgi, MD


Inferior turbinate reduction by radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been recommended as an easy and safe option for the treatment of patients with inferior turbinate hypertrophy. Complications of this type of excision are generally acceptable. We describe a case of RFA turbinate reduction that resulted in an unusual complication: the formation of an arteriovenous hemangioma.

A variant form of bifid inferior turbinate

September 20, 2011     Jae Hoon Lee, MD and Seung Hyun Koh, MD

Endoscopic view of multiple ostia of bilateral conchae bullosa

December 17, 2010     Dewey A. Christmas, MD, Joseph P. Mirante, MD, FACS, and Eiji Yanagisawa, MD, FACS

Microdebrider-assisted versus laser-assisted turbinate reduction: Comparison of improvement in nasal airway according to type of turbinate hypertrophy

October 31, 2010     Dong-Hee Lee, MD, PhD and Eun Hye Kim, MD


A case-control study was conducted at our secondary referral hospital to compare the efficacy of microdebrider-assisted turbinate reduction (MATR) with laser-assisted turbinate reduction (LATR) and to evaluate their efficacy according to types of hypertrophic inferior turbinates. All patients who underwent only inferior turbinate surgery for refractory nasal obstruction were included. The required minimum follow-up period was 3 months postoperatively. Thirty-seven patients were enrolled in this study-22 in the MATR group and 15 in the LATR group. The patients were subclassified into mucosal (n = 14) and bone (n = 23) hypertrophy groups. Subjective (visual analogue scale) and objective (endoscopic score) assessments were performed prior to surgery and 3 months after surgery. Generally, the visual analogue scale and endoscopic score were significantly improved after surgery, in both the MATR and the LATR groups. In the MATR group, the visual analogue scale and endoscopic score improved regardless of type of hypertrophy. However, in the LATR group, these measurements improved only in cases with mucosal hypertrophy. We conclude that both MATR and LATR are good surgical techniques in patients with chronic hypertrophic inferior turbinates who have substantial nasal obstruction. However, MATR is superior to LATR, especially in cases with bone hypertrophy.

Endoscopic view of a maxillary antrostomy through the inferior turbinate

October 31, 2010     Dewey A. Christmas, MD, Joseph P. Mirante, MD, FACS, and Eiji Yanagisawa, MD, FACS

Inferior turbinate osteoma: Case report

April 30, 2010     Borlingegowda Viswanatha, MS, DLO


Osteomas of the turbinates are extremely rare. In this report, a case of inferior turbinate osteoma in a 24-year-old woman is described. The patient presented with a 6-month history of unilateral nasal obstruction. Computed tomography showed a bony dense mass in the anterior part of the left inferior turbinate. The lesion was removed endoscopically, and the patient recovered uneventfully. To the best of the author's knowledge, this is only the fifth case of a turbinate osteoma to be reported in the world literature, and only the second case that involved the inferior turbinate.

Endoscopic view of ossification of the middle turbinate and ethmoid sinus

March 31, 2010     Dewey A. Christmas, MD, Joseph P. Mirante, MD, FACS, and Eiji Yanagisawa, MD, FACS

Endoscopic view of the basal lamella of the middle turbinate

March 1, 2010     Dewey A. Christmas, MD, Joseph P. Mirante, MD, FACS, and Eiji Yanagisawa, MD, FACS

Endoscopic view of a trans-middle turbinate ethmoidectomy

May 31, 2009     Dewey A. Christmas, MD, Joseph P. Mirante, MD, FACS, and Eiji Yanagisawa, MD, FACS

Bilateral transversely clefted middle turbinates

March 31, 2009     Laura M. Dooley, MD and C.W. David Chang, MD

Isolated extramedullary plasmacytoma of the middle turbinate

February 1, 2009     Tengku A. Shahrizal, MS, Narayanan Prepageran, FRCS, Omar Rahmat, MS, Kein-Seong Mun, MPath, and Lai-Meng Looi, FRCPath


Extramedullary plasmacytoma is a rare plasma cell proliferative disorder with a predilection for the head and neck region. Occasionally, it presents as a solitary lesion in the nasal cavity. We report a case of an isolated lesion in the middle turbinate of the right nasal cavity. The lesion was completely excised via an endoscopic approach. We also review the pathology and management of plasmacytomas in general.

Suture medialization of the middle turbinates during endoscopic sinus surgery

December 1, 2008     Kim M. Hewitt, MD and Richard R. Orlandi, MD


Adhesion of the middle turbinate to the lateral nasal wall is a common complication of endoscopic sinus surgery. The potential sequela of middle turbinate lateralization is obstruction of the middle meatus and the maxillary, ethmoid, or frontal sinuses, which can result in recurrent sinus disease and often necessitate revision surgery. While various materials and stents have been developed to prevent middle turbinate adhesion to the lateral nasal wall, suture medialization of the middle turbinate to the nasal septum with an absorbable suture has the potential to be just as successful without causing the discomfort associated with other methods. We conducted a retrospective review of suture medializations of 157 middle turbinates in 85 patients who had undergone endoscopic sinus surgery to ascertain the incidence of postoperative middle turbinate adhesion to the lateral nasal wall. We found that adhesions developed in 17 middle turbinates (10.8%) in 15 patients; the remaining 140 middle turbinates (89.2%) were free of scarring. Thirteen of the 17 adhesions were easily divided in the outpatient clinic setting during routine postoperative endoscopic care, meaning that only 4 of the 157 turbinates (2.5%) demonstrated synechiae that remained problematic after routine care. We conclude that the development of clinically significant adhesions following suture medialization of the middle turbinate is uncommon. Suture medialization should be considered as an alternative to middle meatal packing or stenting to prevent adhesions following endoscopic sinus surgery.

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