What are the effects of various inferior turbinate surgery techniques on Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD)-related symptoms?
Bottom line: ETD-related symptom improvement due to surgery of the anterior half of the inferior turbinate was found to be equal to placebo. The findings do not support the use of this surgery as a sole procedure intended to treat ETDQ-7-assessed ear symptoms.
Explore this issue:March 2018
Background: ETD is a common condition with symptoms including fullness or clogging of the ears, pain or discomfort, hearing loss, tinnitus, dizziness, and an inability to rapidly equilibrate middle ear pressure. However, the relationship between chronic nasal obstruction caused by inferior turbinate enlargement and ETD and the effect of turbinate surgery on ETD have not been evaluated previously in the literature.
Study design: Placebo-controlled, non-blinded study of 72 patients who underwent surgery for enlarged inferior turbinates due to persistent year-round rhinitis between February 2014 and November 2016.