Can the Sino-nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-22) be used as a reliable outcome measure for successful septal surgery?

Authors


Mr J.R. Buckland, Specialist Registrar, Department of Otolaryngology, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury SP2 8BJ, UK (e-mail: philip.harries@suht.Swest.nhs.uk).

Abstract

Can the Sino-nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-22) be used as a reliable outcome measure for successful septal surgery? Septoplasty and submucous resection are common procedures in the UK. This study looks prospectively at 40 patients undergoing surgery at two hospitals. A pre- and postoperative assessment (3 months) was made using the Sino-nasal Outcome Test. This test was originally designed for rhinosinusitis but our study suggests that it is a useful tool in nasal septal surgery, in that it combines both nasal specific and general health questions, which can be analysed individually or together. Improvements in nasal obstruction (75%), facial pain (33%) and catarrh (10%) were noted.

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