The Journal of International
Advanced Otology
Original Article

Is Middle Ear Pressure Effected by Nasal Packings after Septoplasty?


Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Abant İzzet Baysal University Faculty of Medicine, Bolu, Turkey


Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Dicle University Faculty of Medicine, Diyarbakir, Turkey

J Int Adv Otol 2015; 11: 63-65
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2015.1085
Read: 1200 Downloads: 463 Published: 03 September 2019


OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of different types of nasal packings on middle ear pressure in patients undergoing septoplasty.


MATERIALS and METHODS: Sixty patients who were suffering from nasal obstruction and who had to undergo septoplasty because of nasal septal deviation were included in the study. After the septoplasty, Merocel packings and internal nasal splints were intraoperatively applied in thirty patients each. Middle ear pressure was evaluated by tympanometry. Tympanometric peak pressures were used for this aim. Acoustic impedance measurements were performed in both ears, and the average values of the two ears were calculated. Tympanometric measurements were performed for patients during the preoperative period and on the 2nd and 5th postoperative days.


RESULTS: There were 30 (5 females, 25 males; average age 23 years) patients in the internal nasal splint group and 30 (8 females, 22 males; average age 26 years) patients in the anterior Merocel packing group. When the values obtained by acoustic impedancemetry before the operation and on the postoperative 5th day were compared, there was no statistically significant difference between the groups. The middle ear pressure significantly decreased in the anterior Merocel packing group compared with that in the internal nasal splint group. The intragroup comparison of the acoustic impedance measurements of the internal nasal splint group revealed no significant difference between the preoperative acoustic impedance values and the values obtained on the postoperative 2nd day.


CONCLUSION: Cannulated silicone intranasal splints are better in terms of patient comfort after an intranasal surgery without effecting eustachian tube function.

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