The objective of this study were to assess the pulmonary function in patients with ethmoidal polyposis who did not respond to medical treatment; to evaluate the effect of Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery on the lung function of these patients and to compare the total nasal symptom score in these patients. A prospective observational study was conducted in Department of ENT, KMC Manipal on 50 subjects with ethmoidal polyposis who were unresponsive to medical treatment and hence underwent FESS. Pulmonary function tests were assessed using spirometry and nasal symptoms were scored as per TNSS system prior to surgery and 3 months post-surgery and compared with the pre-operative values and analysed. Pre operatively majority (35 patients) had TNSS value of 6–9 whereas post operatively the score was reduced to 2–3 in many patients (38 patients). The mean TNSS was 7.24 before surgery which declined to 2.82 after surgery with a p value < 0.0001 indicating a statistically significant improvement in the nasal symptoms post FESS. The mean pre-operative FVC, FEV1, MEFR were 2.94, 2.41 and 2.51 L respectively whereas the mean post-operative values were 2.95, 2.39 and 2.49 L respectively. There was no statistically significant change in lung function tests following FESS. Our study shows that FESS benefits patients with nasal polyposis by improving the symptoms and there by the quality of life without any adverse effects on the lower airways.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 08-06-2018|
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