Issue V06N02 | Year 2020 | Editorial Original Article | Pages 60 to 67
Objective: The present study analyzes nasal per- meability in patients suffering from nasal frac- tures. Methods: Prospective observational cohort study to evaluate the signs and symptoms of nasal obstruction in patients with fracture in this region, correlating the clinical findings of the nasal air escape area in the Altmann mirror (rhino-hygrometry) and the symptoms observed on the nasal obstruction symptom scale (NOSE) by Stewart et al. (2004). Results: Twenty-eight patients were enrolled, and nasal obstruction symptoms decreased by 25% to 10% on the NOSE scale (p < 0.05). Rhino-hygrometry showed an increase in air leakage area, but without statistical significance (p > 0.05) and no correlation between statistical and objective variables. The surgeries performed in the first two weeks after trauma showed better results regarding the reduction of nasal obstruction symptoms and increased nasal escape area. Conclusion: Surgery to reduce nasal fractures improves symptoms of nasal obstruction and when performed in the first two weeks, present the best results.