Nose and paranasal sinusesSurgical treatment of the inferior turbinate: new techniquesChang, C.W. David; Ries, W. RussellAuthor Information Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA Correspondence to W. Russell Ries, MD, Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Vanderbilt University, S-2100 MCN, Nashville, TN 37232-2559, USA Tel: 615 322 7267; fax: 615 322 7604; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery: February 2004 - Volume 12 - Issue 1 - p 53-57 Buy Abstract Purpose of review Nasal obstruction causing airway resistance is often a result of structural abnormalities. Frequently, turbinate reduction procedures have been used after failure of medical management to address enlarged inferior turbinates, which potentially cause functional narrowing at the nasal valve. Controversy still exists as to the best or most appropriate method for surgical reduction of the inferior turbinate. The multitude of approaches available to the rhinologist is a testament to the lack of a single established method. Recent findings This paper highlights recently published literature regarding current popular and cutting-edge techniques. There is a trend toward less invasive techniques that can potentially be performed in the clinic setting, rather than in the operating room. In addition, surgical turbinate intervention demonstrates benefit in controlling symptoms of allergic rhinitis other than nasal obstruction. Summary Surgical reduction of the inferior turbinate can be performed using a variety of techniques. When analyzing different methods, emphasis on efficacy, function preservation, and avoidance of complications is paramount. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.