Remodeling of the Paradoxical Middle Turbinate: Preserving Function While Gaining Access.Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2018 Mar; 32(2):98-100.AJ
Background Endoscopic sinus surgery is performed for many reasons, most commonly for chronic rhinosinusitis refractory to medical treatment. A paradoxical middle turbinate is an anatomic variant that can hinder endoscopic access to the sinuses. No publication has addressed how to surgically treat a paradoxical middle turbinate. Method We present a basic endoscopic surgical approach to conservatively resect a paradoxical middle turbinate in order to improve access to the middle meatus and the sinuses while preserving support and function. Conclusion Conservative remodeling of the paradoxical middle turbinate can provide access to the sinuses while maintaining a significant portion of the middle turbinate.