Skull Base 2010; 20(4): 245-251
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1249248
ORIGINAL ARTICLE

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Evolution of Sinonasal Symptoms Following Endoscopic Anterior Skull Base Surgery

Ashley E. Balaker1 , Marvin Bergsneider2 , Neil A. Martin2 , Marilene B. Wang1
  • 1Division of Head and Neck Surgery, University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
  • 2Department of Neurosurgery, University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
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Publication Date:
11 March 2010 (online)

ABSTRACT

To assess the severity and evolution of sinonasal symptoms in patients following endoscopic anterior skull base surgery to define the typical postoperative course. Design: Cross sectional study. Participants include 69 patients who underwent endoscopic skull base surgery by a dual surgeon team (otolaryngologist and neurosurgeon) from January 2008 to August 2009. Main outcome measures: Sinonasal Outcomes Test (SNOT)-20 survey scores at preoperative and at three postoperative time points. An ordinal logistic regression model was used to analyze the data, summarizing the relationship between the outcome (SNOT score) and the predictor (time point) using an odds ratio. Scores for the symptoms of need to blow nose, sneezing, runny nose, postnasal discharge, thick nasal discharge, ear fullness, and facial pain showed significant worsening at the early postoperative time point. These symptoms showed significant improvement over time; however, scores for post nasal discharge remained high at the late time period compared with baseline. All patients will experience considerable sinonasal symptoms following transnasal endoscopic skull base surgery. Postnasal discharge and thick nasal discharge improve significantly over time. Symptoms approach baseline by 6 to 9 months following surgery.

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Ashley E Balaker, M.D. 

Division of Head and Neck Surgery, University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

10833 Le Conte Avenue, CHS Rm 62-132, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Email: abalaker@mednet.ucla.edu