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Comparison of outcomes of simple polypectomy plus balloon catheter dilatation versus functional endoscopic sinus surgery in nasal polyposis: A preliminary study

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The aim of this study was to compare the outcomes of functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) and simple polypectomy plus balloon catheter dilatation (BCD) in nasal polyposis.


Ten patients (six male and four female subjects) with nasal polyposis who underwent surgical treatment were included in this research. BCD was performed on one side of each patient's paranasal sinuses (after nasal polypectomy by microdebrider) while standard FESS was performed on the other side. Preoperatively, all patients were treated with oral methylprednisolone, 1 mg/kg per day, for 5 days, which was reduced and stopped on the 14th day. Pre- and postoperative endoscopic and radiological findings were compared. Endonasal endoscopic examination results were classified according to MacKay classification. Paranasal sinus computed tomography findings were evaluated according to Lund-MacKay classification.


Pre- and postmedical treatment results of the patients were not significantly different according to MacKay classification. There was no significant difference between the results of FESS and BCD during 12-month follow-up period according to Lund-MacKay and MacKay classifications. There was significant improvement in the results obtained 1 and 12 months after FESS and BCD, respectively. The improvement was also radiologically evident.


At 1 year postsurgery, polypectomy plus BCD is as effective as FESS. Longer-term studies are necessary to validate this technique.

Keywords: Balloon dilatation; endoscopic sinus surgery; nasal polyposis

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2500/ajra.2011.25.3608

Affiliations: Ear, Nose, and Throat Department, Ankara Ataturk Education and Training Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Publication date: May 1, 2011

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  • The American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy, is a peer reviewed, scientific publication committed to expanding knowledge and publishing the best clinical and basic research within the fields of Rhinology & Allergy. Its focus is to publish information which contributes to improved quality of care for patients with nasal and sinus disorders. Its primary readership consists of otolaryngologists, allergists, and plastic surgeons. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

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    Previously published as American Journal of Rhinology, the journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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