J Rhinol.  2005 May;12(1):62-64.

A Case of Surgical Treatment of Atrophic Rhinitis: Silastic Implant

  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Bucheon, Korea. jyent@schbc.ac.kr


The literature does not report a cure for atrophic rhinitis, but considerable relief of symptoms such as foul odor, crust formation and nasal stuffiness could be given to the patient by surgical treatment, which always involves a method of narrowing the nasal airway. In this report, a review of the surgical technique of silastic implantation, clinical results and follow up is presented. Forty three years old female patient who was diagnosed as primary atrophic rhinitis was treated surgically with silastic implantation. The result was excellent with complete resolution of the major symptoms. There was no complication such as extrusion of implant. We found that the silastic is a readily available and inexpensive material and the surgical procedureis relatively simple to perform and easily revised. We propose silastic implant as a treatment modality of atrophic rhinitis with a review of literatures.


Rhinitis, atrophic; Silastic implant
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