Keywords : Rhinomanometry
Al- Anbar Medical Journal,
2021, Volume 17, Issue 2, Pages 55-58
Background: Nasal obstruction is a common complaint in daily Otolaryngology practice.Rhinomanometric study is an objective tool for the evaluation of nasal obstruction.Objectives: To evaluate whether a correlation exists between the rhinomanomatric measurementof nasal resistance, nasal airflow, and the subjective sensation of airflow, pre and postoperatively.Materials and methods: This study was conducted in the Otolaryngology Department at BasrahTeaching Hospital on 23 patients who prepared for nasal surgeries to improve their nasal obstructioncomplain. The study was covered the period of the 2004 year. The anterior rhinomanometry wasdone for all patients preoperatively (with and without decongestant) and post-operatively withoutdecongestant.Results: Out of 23 patients, 15 (65.2%) were males. The age ranged from 17 to 45 years witha mean of 25.5 years ± 7.019. The most common associated symptom with nasal obstructionwas rhinorrhea (n=15, 65.2%). Only 12 cases were attended by the postoperative evaluation.Three-quarters of them were showed clinical improvement, but 4 patients (34%) were showedrhinomanometric improvement (P-value = 0.002). There was no statistically significant differencebetween the pre- and postoperative rhinomanometric values without decongestant and the subjective sensation (P-value>0.05).Conclusion: The anterior rhinomanometry results didn't add a significant value to the clinicalevaluation of the patients with nasal obstruction.