Double nasoseptal flap technique for endonasal pituitary surgery


GÖDE S. , BİÇEROĞLU H. , TURHAL G. , ERDOĞAN U., ATEŞ M. , KAYA İ. , ...More

EUROPEAN ARCHIVES OF OTO-RHINO-LARYNGOLOGY, vol.274, no.2, pp.897-900, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 274 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00405-016-4314-9
  • Title of Journal : EUROPEAN ARCHIVES OF OTO-RHINO-LARYNGOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.897-900

Abstract

Endoscopic endonasal approach has been successfully used for the management of pituitary tumors; however, the loss of septal mucosa especially around sphenoethmoidal recess and posterior nasal septum might be a disadvantage of this technique. The aim of this study is to describe a variation of the endonasal approach, "double nasoseptal flap'' technique in endoscopic transsphenoidal pituitary surgery, and to evaluate its outcomes. The technique depends on fully harvested bigger nasoseptal flap on one side and smaller on the other. Thirty patients were included. Functional results were assessed by preoperative and postoperative first month visual analogue scale (VAS), and morphology was evaluated by achieving intact septum from the sphenoid ostium to the columella. Sphenoid sinusitis, the presence of synechia and crusting in the sphenoethmoidal recess was also assessed. Mean VAS was 71 and 67 mm preoperatively and postoperatively, respectively (p > 0.01). There were no septal perforations, synechia, and sphenoid sinusitis postoperatively. Three patients had (10 %) crusts on sphenoethmoidal recess on first month postoperatively. Double nasoseptal flap technique has advantages, such as wider exposure during surgery; prepared flaps could be used if needed, better morphological and functional outcomes postoperatively. The technique is safe without any perforations and minimal crusting.