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Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 1-8

Peroperative Findings of the Middle Turbinate in 50 Patients With Chronic Sinusitis Who Underwent Total Spheno-Ethmoidectomy

1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital, Free University Brussels, Laarbeeklaan 101, Brussels 1090, Belgium
2Heerbaan 123, Londerzeel B-1840, Belgium

Received 10 April 1998; Accepted 21 April 1998

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This study describes the peroperative endoscopic findings about the size, shape and mucosal changes of the middle turbinate in patients with chronic sinusitis who underwent total spheno-ethmoidectomy. Results confirmed the middle turbinate to be a useful landmark in performing extensive sinus surgery. The most frequent change due to chronic inflammation seems to be polypous degeneration followed by hyperplastic mucosa. Anatomical variations, being paradoxically bent turbinate and concha bullosa, are not seen frequently.