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Abstracts: Commentary
July 2002

Patient Benefit From Functional and Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

McKiernan DC, Banfield G, Kumar R, Hinton AE
Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2002;4(3):140. doi:

The Glasgow Benefit Inventory, a validated post-interventional questionnaire, was used to determine patient benefit from septorhinoplasty according to indication (function, cosmesis or a combination) in 87 patients. We showed a very significant patient benefit from this procedure and have demonstrated that the benefit is greatest when cosmesis is an indication (P = 0.05). (Clin Otolaryngol 2001:26;50-52)

This study used a validated questionnaire, the Glasgow Benefit Inventory (GBI) to assess the improvement in quality of life in patients undergoing septorhinoplasty. Of 141 patients, only 87 were contacted after a mean of 23 months. Patients were divided into those whose primary problem was cosmetic, those whose primary problem was function, and those who had both cosmetic and functional problems. They found that the overall scores for the GBI did well in comparison with other known procedures. Individuals who underwent surgery for functional and cosmetic reasons had a score of 58.3; for cosmesis alone, 52.7; and for function alone, 27.7. For comparison, the benefit obtained after tonsillectomy was 49.9. Those undergoing cosmesis were significantly more likely to have higher scores (P<.05).

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