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Journal of Craniofacial Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31822e5e21
Original Articles

Impact of Septoplasty on Pulmonary Artery Pressure in Patients With Markedly Deviated Septum

Fidan, Vural MD*; Aksakal, Enbiya MD†

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Abstract

Aim: The nasal septal deviation (NSD) increases upper airway obstruction. This study aimed to measure the mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) of the patients with markedly deviated nasal septum and to determine the effect of septoplasty on the pulmonary arterial pressure.

Methods: Fifty-one patients with NSD (mean age, 37.1 [SD, 8.6] years; 27 men and 24 women) were included in the study. Thirty-five of the patients (22 men, 13 women) aged between 21 and 55 years (mean, 35.1 [SD, 8.9] years) comprised the control group. Mean pulmonary arterial pressure was measured in the preoperative period and postoperative third month.

Results: The mean preoperative mPAP value (25.4 [SD, 5.3]) of the study group was statistically significantly higher than that of the control group (20.5 [SD, 2.8]) (P = 0.000). There was a significant decrease in mPAP after the operation (20.6 [SD, 3.8]) (P = 0.000). Twenty-two of 51 patients had pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Conclusion: Markedly deviated nasal septum significantly affected mPAP. Septoplasty was efficient in the treatment of patients with NSD.

© 2011 Mutaz B. Habal, MD

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