The clinical value of the novel cauterization procedure for the inferior turbinate artery during turbinate surgery

MİDİLLİ R., Gode S. , Karci B. , ORHAN M., SAYLAM C. Y.

EUROPEAN ARCHIVES OF OTO-RHINO-LARYNGOLOGY, cilt.269, ss.1629-1633, 2012 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 269 Konu: 6
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s00405-011-1869-3
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1629-1633


The objective of the study was to evaluate the efficacy and the safety of the novel cauterization procedure of the inferior turbinate artery, which may be performed with any kind of inferior turbinate procedures in reducing the intra and the post-operative bleeding in partial inferior turbinectomy. A prospective controlled study was conducted in a referral center. Sixty patients (38M, 22F) who underwent partial turbinectomy were included. In 20 patients, partial turbinectomy was performed with the cauterization in one nasal cavity and the other one without it. The remaining 40 patients were divided into two groups which comprised cauterization positive and negative patients and are assessed in terms of post-operative bleeding. The area of the cauterization was 1 cm(2) field which is 1 cm anterior to the posterior attachment of the inferior turbinate on the lateral nasal wall, very close to the inferior turbinate, where the pulsating vessel is most commonly seen. Mean operation time, mean intra-operative blood loss and post-operative bleeding incidence are the main outcome measures. Post-operative bleeding was seen in three patients (15%) in the cauterization negative group. No patient had post-operative bleeding in the cauterization positive group. Mean operation time and mean intra-operative bleeding amount were significantly lower in the cauterization positive side. Cauterization of the inferior turbinate artery on the lateral nasal wall is a safe and effective method which may also be performed with any kind of inferior turbinate procedures to reduce both the operation time and intra and post-operative bleeding.