Ashwini Shastry, M. D. Prakash
Abstract: INTRODUCTION: Nasal blockage, dryness, crusting, bleeding, itching, rhinorrhea, anosmia, headache, cosmetic complaints are the symptoms and signs that accompany septal pathology. Septoplasty, one of the most common surgical procedures in the otorhinolaryngology, is performed for correction of the septal deviation. Outcomes of septoplasty can be divided into objective or subjective patient reported outcome measurements. Thus there is a need for the formation of standard protocol to assess the efficacy of septoplasty. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective study, which included 60 patients diagnosed with DNS, was conducted in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, between August 2018 to January 2019. NOSE Scale which is brief, valid, reliable, and responsive survey was used in the present study to assess the outcome of septal surgery. RESULTS: On analysing the NOSE score it was observed that, at the end of 6 months of follow up period patients had significant improvement with respect to Nasal obstruction, headache, Nasal discharge, facial pain, and hyposmia. CONCLUSION: Surgical correction of the obvious anatomic deviation can significantly improve clinical outcomes including nasal obstruction, headache, facial pain and nasal discharge.
Keywords: Deviated Nasal septum, NOSE SCALE