J Rhinol.  2016 Nov;23(2):85-90. 10.18787/jr.2016.23.2.85.

Should the High Septal Deviation be Corrected to Improve Nasal Obstruction During Septal Surgery?

  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. hyunjerry@snu.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Otorhinolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea.


High dorsal deflection of the nasal septum around cartilage or the perpendicular plate is technically difficult to correct. The objective of this study was to assess whether correction of high septal deviation during septoplasty is necessary to improve nasal airflow. PATIENTS AND SURGICAL METHOD: Twenty-one patients with high septal deviation around the septal cartilage or the perpendicular plate were included in this study. In order to improve nasal obstruction, septoturbinoplasty was performed, but high septal deviation was not corrected. Subjective and objective improvements were evaluated using the visual analogue scale and acoustic rhinometry 1 month before and 3 months after surgery.
After correction of nasal septum deviation except high septal deviation and reduction of turbinate mucosal volume, postoperative nasal volume and minimum cross-sectional area were significantly increased. Subjective symptom scales for nasal obstruction, rhinorrhea, sneezing, and posterior nasal drip were considerably improved after limited septoturbinoplasty in patients who still had high dorsal deflection of the nasal septum.
Our findings suggest that limited septoturbinoplasty without excessive resection of high dorsal deflection of the nasal septum can improve nasal airflow and reduce subjective symptoms, including nasal obstruction.


Septoplasty; Septal deviation; Nasal airflow; Nasal obstruction; Turbinoplasty
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