Facial plast Surg 2017; 33(04): 378-387
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1604356
Original Article
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Objective Assessment of Nasal Patency

Aristeidis I. Giotakis*, 1, Peter Valentin Tomazic*, 2, Herbert Riechelmann1, Julia Vent3
  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Medical University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Steiermark, Austria
  • 3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Heidelberg - Medical Center at Mannheim, and Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Cologne/Köln, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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Publication Date:
28 July 2017 (online)


The aim to objectify nasal airflow and patency is ongoing—many methods have been suggested, often lacking clinical relevance or showing weak correlations with patients' symptoms. It is crucial to thoroughly consult our patients presenting with nasal obstruction—and to inform them about realistic possible surgical outcomes. Often, a perfect-looking internal nose with a straight septum and normal-appearing turbinates does not guarantee a happy, symptom-free “owner.” A review of the literature and the current technical market is presented here to facilitate the rhinosurgeon's decision to perform pre- and postoperative objective measurements of nasal airflow. Recommendations by the societies have been included.

* Both authors contributed equally and shared first authorship.