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December 1991

Polyethylene Oxide Gel: A New Intranasal Dressing After Septorhinoplasty

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Otolaryngology, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville (Fla).

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1991;117(12):1365-1367. doi:10.1001/archotol.1991.01870240057009

• The purpose of intranasal dressings after septorhinoplasty is to absorb secretions, stop bleeding, act as an internal splint, discourage adhesions, and facilitate nasal hygiene. The ideal dressing should conform to the irregularities of the nasal cavity and resist adherence to the wounds of the nasal lining so it can be easily removed. It should be nonirritating, antiseptic, and economical. The failure of previously reported dressings in one or more of these requirements led us to evaluate a new alternative. Polyethylene oxide gel (Vigilon) was identified as a potential improvement and investigated in 48 patients over 17 months. There were no significant complications. Polyethylene oxide gel appears superior to previously described dressings, primarily because of comfort for the patient at removal.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1991;117:1365-1367)