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 Hildebrandt1, Leonid Goubergrits2, Werner Johannes Heppt3, Stephan Bessler4, Stefan Zachow5
  • 1Private practice of otorhinolaryngology in association with the Limmatklinik, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2Biofluid Mechanics Lab, Institute of Laboratory Medicine, Charité, Berlin, Germany
  • 3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Staedtisches Klinikum Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 4Private practice of otorhinolaryngology, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 5Department 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.