January 1979

Nonsurgical Closure of Nasal Septal Perforations

Author Affiliations

From the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1979;105(1):6-8. doi:10.1001/archotol.1979.00790130010002

• Seventy-three patients had medicalgrade Silastic buttons inserted transnasally (between June 1972 and June 1976) into a perforation of the nasal septum. This nonsurgical technique was done as an office procedure on 67 of the patients with the use of topically applied 5% cocaine solution. The Silastic button has remained in place in 72.6% of the entire study group; follow-up times for this group range from six months to four years. This mechanical covering of the perforation substantially reduced crusting and epistaxis, and it improved nasal respiration in many cases.

(Arch Otolaryngol 105:6-8, 1979)