CC BY 4.0 · Surg J (N Y) 2021; 07(01): e26-e29
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1713418
Original Article

Nasal Septal Perforation Repair with an Inferior Turbinate Flap and Acellular Dermal Matrix

Saeid Mirzai
1  Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dothan, Alabama
Andrew H. Lee
2  Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
John J. Chi
3  Division of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
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Funding No sources of funding to disclose for this study.


Nasal septal perforation is an uncommon disorder that can cause disturbance of nasal physiology. The perforations can vary widely in size, location, and symptomatology. Many different closure techniques have been described in the literature; however, no gold standard has been recognized. The choice of surgical technique usually depends on the characteristics of the perforation and surgeon experience. Due to the goal of perforation repair being restoration of normal nasal physiology, techniques with the best outcomes have been those resurfacing the septum with nasal respiratory mucosa. Here we present our novel surgical method for large (> 2 cm) septal perforation closure using a modification of the inferior turbinate flap repair using a polydioxanone plate and the acellular dermal matrix allograft (Alloderm, Allergan Inc.).

Author Contribution

S. M., A. H. L., and J. J. C. have made substantial contributions to the conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; final approval of the version to be published; and agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.


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Publication History

Received: 24 November 2019

Accepted: 06 May 2020

Publication Date:
23 February 2021 (online)

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