My Surgery of the nasal valve
B. Bertrand*, S. Collet*, P. Rombaux**, P. Eloy* **
* ORL and HNS Department, Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Cliniques Universitaires de Mont-Godinne, Yvoir, Belgium; ** ORL and HNS Department, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium
Nose valve; surgery; spreader graft; airflow
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We discuss the physiopathology and relevant anatomy of the nasal valves – internal and external – paying par- ticular attention to the dynamics of the airflows in this area. We describe and comment on methods for medical exami- nation, anterior rhinoscopy, endoscopy and fibrescopy of the valve, as well as the causes and sites of nasal valve dys- function. We propose a review of the various treatments, medical and surgical, with a special emphasis on nasal valve surgery. Surgical techniques commonly used by the authors in daily practice for nasal valvuloplasty (such as spreader grafts and Z-plasty of the nostrils) are discussed and illustrated in depth. Some one-year postoperative results are pre- sented and discussed.
Suppl. 15, 2010

My Surgery of the nasal valve