Facial plast Surg 2013; 29(02): 093-098
DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1341591
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Evaluation of the Intranasal Flow Field through Computational Fluid Dynamics

Thomas Hildebrandt
Private practice of otorhinolaryngology in association with the Limmatklinik, Zurich, Switzerland
Leonid Goubergrits
Biofluid Mechanics Lab, Institute of Laboratory Medicine, Charité, Berlin, Germany
Werner Johannes Heppt
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Staedtisches Klinikum Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
Stephan Bessler
Private practice of otorhinolaryngology, Zurich, Switzerland
Stefan Zachow
Department of Scientific Visualization and Data Analysis, Zuse Institute, Berlin, Germany
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Publication Date:
05 April 2013 (online)


A reliable and comprehensive assessment of nasal breathing is problematic and still a common issue in rhinosurgery. Impairments of nasal breathing need an objective approach. In this regard, currently rhinomanometry is the only standard diagnostic tool available but has various limitations. However, in the last decade, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has become a promising method in facing the challenge of qualifying nasal breathing. This article presents use of CFD with a symptom-free subject and a symptomatic patient. Thereby, certain flow field features and changes before and after surgery were investigated. Moreover, the study outlines suggestions for concrete rhinologic CFD applications.