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Submucous diathermy of the inferior turbinates in chronic hypertrophic rhinitis*

  • Mamdouh Talaat (a1), Eshrak El-Sabawy (a1), Fathy Abdel Baky (a1) and Ahmed Abdel Raheem (a1)


Twenty patients, 10 allergic and 10 non-allergic, with chronic hypertrophic rhinitis and presenting mainly with bilateral nasal obstruction were subjected to sub-mucosal diathermy of their inferior turbinates. There was significant post-operative improvement clinically, histopathologically and histochemically in the non-allergic group, while the improvement was less obvious in the allergic cases. The post-operative clinical improvement as regards rhinorrhea and sneezing was not as marked as that for nasal obstruction. Evaluation of the results showed that sub-mucous diathermy of inferior turbinates is a good line of treatment for cases of chronic hypertrophic rhinitis, with better results in the non-allergic group of patients.


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ENT Department, Alexandria Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria, Egypt.


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Departments of Otolaryngology and Histology, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt.



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