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October 1988

Inferior Turbinoplasty

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(10):1189. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860220123041

To the Editor.—In the June 1988 issue of the Archives, the MEDICAL NEWS section included a summation by Dr Charles P. Kimmelman of my article "Inferior Turbinoplasty: Patient Selection, Technique, and Long-Term Consequences," which was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery in Chicago last fall. The summary includes the statement "turbinate fracture and cautery have been used, but he does not favor them in his practice." As a matter of fact, my oral presentation and article indicate that for instances when vasoconstrictor application has caused sufficient diminution of turbinate size to relieve airway obstruction after correction of other intranasal problems, I use lateral turbinate infracture and submucosal electrocoagulation routinely. When more radical resection is indicated, I employ the technique of partial turbinate resection, which I have termed inferior turbinoplasty.