Original Article

Batten Grafts in Patients with Valve Stenosis— Functional Outcome


Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Medical University Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

B-ENT 2023; 19: 32-37
DOI: 10.5152/B-ENT.2023.22321
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Objective: The objective of this study was to find out how effective are batten grafts in improving nasal obstruction.

Methods: In 20 patients with alar collapse, nasal batten grafts were used. Rhinomanometry, rhinoresistometry, clinical examinations, and the Nasal Obstruction Symptom Evaluation score served as outcome measures.

Results: In 18 out of 20 patients, a postsurgical subjective improvement was stated, 2 patients experienced no improvement. No complications were observed. The batten grafts led to a statistically significant subjective improvement of the nasal obstruction in the Nasal Obstruction Symptom Evaluation score (P < .001). Rhinoresistometry did not detect the clinically present alar collapse.

Conclusion: Batten grafts are a simple and effective method to treat nasal obstruction caused by weakness of the lateral nasal wall.

Cite this article as: Kofler B, Böpple T, Runge A, Völklein C. Batten grafts in patients with valve stenosis—functional outcome. B-ENT. 2023;19(1):32-37.

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