Smitha SG PraveenKempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, India
Title: Submucous diathermy versus partial inferior turbinoplasty in managing inferior turbinate hypertrophy
Background: Inferior turbinate hypertrophy (HIT) is a common cause for nasal obstruction with multifactorial etiology. Surgical intervention is planned when it is not relieved by medical line of management. This study was done to compare submucous diathermy(SMD) and partial inferior turbinoplasty(PIT) in effectively treating hypertrophied inferior turbinate hypertrophy.
Method: A prospective comparative study was done between two groups of 25 patients each diagnosed with HIT. Group A underwent SMD and Group B underwent PIT procedures. Post operative assessment was done on day1, 2weeks, 1month, 3rd month and 6th month.
Results: At the end of 2weeks, better improvement in symptoms was seen in SMD(80%) as compared to PIT(32%). The difference became almost even by 3rd month (SMD64%, PIT60%). By 6 months, there was significant improvement in obstruction scorein PIT(80%) compared to SMD(44%).
Conclusion: Though there was early improvement in SMD group, PIT delivered better results as compared to SMD on long term evaluation.
Smitha is presently working as Professor in department of ENT, Kempegowda Institute of medical sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. She completed her MS(ENT) in 2006. She has more than 18 years of experience in the field of otorhinolaryngology, guiding post graduates and also undergraduate teaching. She also has many journal publications to her credit.