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Flow Alteration Through Nasal Passages Due to Turbinectomy

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Amanda Learned, Brian Savilonis, Sarah Miczek

WPI, Worcester, MA

David Wexler

Fallon Clinic, Worcester, MA

Julia Kimbell

The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC

Paper No. SBC2007-176543, pp. 521-522; 2 pages
doi:10.1115/SBC2007-176543
From:
  • ASME 2007 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • ASME 2007 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • Keystone, Colorado, USA, June 20–24, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4798-5
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME

abstract

Internal structure plays a significant role in controlling airflow behavior through a nasal passageway. In cases of hypertrophy, swelling of membranes due to chronic sinusitis or allergy, or deviated septum, the anatomical nasal structures known as turbinates are considered to over-restrict airflow. Turbinectomy is a commonly performed surgical procedure that removes or reduces turbinate bulk, opening up the passages. In practice, this surgery enables patients to breathe more comfortably without relying on medications developed to relieve nasal congestion. However, there has been little investigation into fluid dynamic changes caused by this procedure.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME

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