What is the role of turbinoplasty in the treatment of allergic rhinitis (hay fever)?

Updated: May 18, 2018
  • Author: Javed Sheikh, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Turbinoplasty may be effective for persistent allergic rhinitis when refractory to intranasal steroids and antihistamines. [75] Radiofrequency turbinoplasty has been shown to improve nasal congestion subjectively and objectively through rhinomanometry more than intranasal steroids even after 12 months from surgery. [76] Intranasal steroids in conjunction with turbinoplasty shows greater efficacy in controlling allergic rhinitis compared with intranasal steroids alone. [77] However, radiofrequency reduction of inferior turbinates seems to provide only temporary relief since patients have worsening symptoms by 5 years post operatively. [78, 79]


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