Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 14 Feb 2020

A turbinectomy is a surgical procedure for partial or total removal of the - usually inferior - nasal concha, mainly to reduce the nasal airflow resistance.

A turbinectomy is usually performed to relieve chronic nasal obstruction secondary to:

Many procedures have been described 1,2:

  • laser turbinectomy
  • radiofrequency reduction
  • cryoturbinectomy
  • turbinoplasty
  • partial inferior turbinectomy

Possible complications of a turbinectomy include 3:

  • synechiae formation
  • empty nose syndrome
  • abnormal nasal sensation
  • persistent obstruction
  • atrophic rhinitis

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: empty nose syndrome
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