A New Documentation Standard in the Nose Examination: SL Classification
10 December 2013 (online)
The goal of this article is to present a system for standardized documentation of the findings obtained during the examination of the nose. Three levels of data recording have been established for various purposes: (1) First level: Septum–lateral nasal wall (SL) classification, (2) Second level: SL classification including seven drawings, (3) Third level: SL classification including seven drawings and a detailed questionnaire. The first level was found to be a fast, easy, and standard way to document the findings of the nose examination which facilitated follow-up as well. The addition of graphics enhanced its informative power at the second level. The third level helped to describe the proper status of the nose in detail before and after septoplasty which was invaluable for follow-up, statistical analysis, self-education, and self-assessment.