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Clinical Challenges in Otolaryngology
January 1998

Middle Turbinate ResectionEvaluating the Issues—Should We Resect Normal Middle Turbinates?

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1998;124(1):107. doi:10.1001/archotol.124.1.107

STEWART presents a balanced review of the issue of MT resection. However, it does not address some of the clinical issues involved in making the decision of whether to perform MT removal. Probably the most important variable in this decision process is whether the MT, in any given situation, is involved in the disease process. Clearly, it is probably not worth preserving an MT that has marked inflammation or polypoid change. Similarly, if an MT has been significantly traumatized in a narrow nose, or if there is a significant amount of exposed bone, it may be better to perform a partial resection than to leave a large raw surface for potential adhesions.

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