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Medicolegal aspects of rhinology practice

  • N Apaydin (a1), S Çomoğlu (a2), Y Özer (a1), H Avci (a2), H Eş (a1) and K S Orhan (a2)...
Abstract Objective:

To investigate rhinology-related malpractice claims with the aim of optimising safe practice.


The database of the National Institute of Forensic Medicine was reviewed. In total, 241 otorhinolaryngology malpractice case reports dating from 2005 to 2012 were evaluated, and 83 malpractice cases related to rhinology treatments were separated.


There was no significant difference between the number of male (n = 42) and female (n = 41) claimants. The mean patient age was 32.07 ± 10.53 years (range, 10–75 years). Seventy-nine cases involved surgical treatment in rhinology. The most common complaints were: unsatisfactory cosmetic results (n = 30), optic nerve injury (n = 10), septal perforation (n = 9) and intracranial penetration (n = 4). Malpractice was detected in 21 cases (25.3 per cent). No delinquency was found in 62 cases (74.7 per cent).


Physicians should be aware of legal consequences related to rhinology practice. Further study is needed on this topic, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration, to ensure best practices and to avoid litigation.

Corresponding author
Address for correspondence: Dr Senol Çomoğlu, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Fatih/Istanbul 34093, Turkey E-mail:
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