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January 1997

Middle Turbinate Stabilization

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Cincinnati, Ohio

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997;123(1):117. doi:10.1001/archotol.1997.01900010127026

I read the article by Thornton1 on middle turbinate stabilization technique in endoscopic sinus surgery in the August 1996 issue of the Archives. In 1991, at the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery annual meeting in Kansas City, Kan, I presented this technique as a poster presentation. In the same year I also presented this technique at the International Congress of Rhinology in Tokyo, Japan. I am happy to find that Thornton has an equally favorable result from this technique. The difference in our techniques is that he uses a straight needle, whereas I use a curved needle. I find the curved needle easier to insert compared with the straight needle. In addition, I also use black nylon suture as opposed to an absorbable suture material. I found that the monofilament nylon has less tendency to accumulate crust.

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