Journal of ISSN: 2379-6359 JOENTR

Otolaryngology-ENT Research
Forum Article
Volume 8 Issue 3 - 2017
Surgical Ultrasound Reduction of Inferior Turbinate Hypertrophy
Ehab Taha Yaseen1, Adnan Qahtan Khalaf1*, Feryal Shakir Taher2, Abdul Hussein Kareem3 and Ali Muhssin Shnain Al Hilali4
1Head of Surgery Department College of medicine Al- Mustansyriah University Head of Al Yarmouk Scientific Center for Otorhinolaryngology, Al-yarmouk teaching hospital, Iraq
2ENT Specialist, Al-yarmouk teaching hospital, Iraq
3Al-yarmouk teaching hospital/ Almustansirya University, Iraq
4ENT Specialist, Al-yarmouk teaching hospital/ Almustansirya University
Received: August 02, 2017 | Published: August 17, 2017
*Corresponding author: Adnan Qahtan Khalaf, ENT Specialist, laser Specialist in Otolaryngology, Al-yarmouk teaching hospital /M.O.H. Iraq, Tel: +964 770 084 3208; +964 790 1783546; Email:
Citation: Yaseen ET, Khalaf AQ, Taher FS, Kareem AH, Al Hilali AMS (2017) Surgical Ultrasound Reduction of Inferior Turbinate Hypertrophy. J Otolaryngol ENT Res 8(3): 00247. DOI: 10.15406/joentr.2017.08.00247


Nasal obstruction is a frequent complaint in ENT clinics which is commonly resulting from inferior turbinate hypertrophy, surgical reduction of inferior turbinate is indicated in refractory cases not responding to conservative management & the optimal surgical technique is controversial. Ultrasound probe is unipolar which is inserted in the submucosal and induce explosion of the cells and tissue separation in various levels. A phenomenon known as cavitations.


  1. Evaluation of the subjective improvement of nasal obstruction undergoing Ultrasound volumetric tissue reduction (UVTR)
  2. Evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of surgical Ultrasound volumetric tissue reduction (UVTR) in management of patients with chronic nasal obstruction resulting from inferior turbinate hypertrophy refractory to medical treatment (Figure 1).

Patients and methods

This descriptive prospective study, (non-controlled clinical trial) was conducted during the period of February 2016 to December 2016 In Al Yarmouk teaching hospital in Baghdad. A total of 43 patients sequentially selected with (range 13-65years).

Under guide of karlstorz rigid endoscope 0 degree 4mm the medial surface of the inferior nasal concha has been touched to site of introduction to ensure about the pain with the sharp end of the probe, the probe was introduced through the nasal turbinate sub mucosal while the device is activated, advance it slowly toward the posterior end of the inferior turbinate using light pressure with help of endoscope then the probe has been withdrawn slowly, pausing briefly every 6-8 mm length for few seconds until the shrinkage has been occurred, before leaving out the probe , circular movement on entry point to ensure good hemostasis for few seconds. 2 or 3 entrance in different sites of inferior turbinate may be applied according to shrinkage that has been occurred [1,2].

Figure 1: Shows inferior turbinate hypertrophy refractory to medical treatment.

All patients underwent surgical Ultrasound reduction of the inferior turbinate under local anesthesia. Data collected from all patients by using a questionnaire formula [3-5]. Assessment of patients was done with help of the visual analog scales, inferior turbinate size grading by endoscope and follow up of the patients was done as the following (1st week, 1st month, 3rd month and 6th month postoperatively (Figure 2-4).

Figure 2: D & A ultrasurg medical device.
Figure 3: D&A ultrasurg medical device hand piece and defferent sergical probs.
Figure 4: Unipolar Ultrasound probe.


A total of 43 patients sequentially selected with a mean age 35.7 years (range 13-65 years). Gender distribution was 22 males (51.1%) (Mean age 19.9 years) & 21females (48.8%) (Mean age 15.8 years) [6-10]. During the surgery there was mild pain (pressure like sensation) in 20 patients (46.5 %) &significant bleeding in 4 patients (9.3%).

The crustation debris has been occurred in all patients in the first week; however no crustation was seen after the 1st month.

There was significant & gradual improvement in nasal obstruction after the 1st month postoperatively, 40 patients (93%) had no obstruction & significant gradual reduction in turbinate size as seen by endoscope, 2 patients had grade II hypertrophy, 1 patient had grade III hypertrophy at the 3rd postoperative month, there were no major complications during or after the procedure. Synechia was not observed in any patient [6].


The results suggest that surgical Ultrasound assisted turbinoplasty is an efficient & well tolerated procedure for the management of chronic nasal obstruction.


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