What are the controversies related to turbinate dysfunction treatment?

Updated: Jun 24, 2021
  • Author: Sanford M Archer, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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As with any medical condition, advances in the understanding of both allergic and vasomotor rhinitis will lead to better medical therapies. Surgical therapy will continue to be reserved for patients whose conditions are refractory to medical therapy. The relationship between turbinate hypertrophy and sleep-disordered breathing problems is also currently under investigation.

The major controversies surrounding turbinate surgery continue to be centered on the best techniques for management. Avoidance of overly aggressive therapies and control of the underlying disease states are paramount to disease management. The toughest issue to reconcile is that turbinate dysfunction is a quality of life issue. Management of this problem is not mandatory but very helpful for patients' quality of life.


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