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Otorinolaringologia 2004 March;54(1):37-40

language: Italian

Preoperative electromyography of nasal muscles

Speciale R., Gallina S., Di Felice A., Gargano R., Fierro B., Restivo S.

1 Istituto di Clinica Otorinolaringoiatrica «Base» Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo
2 Istituto di Clinica Neurologica Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo


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Aim. Aim of this study is the electromyographic study of nasal muscles in normal subjects and in subjects with septal and/or pyramidal deviation to be submitted to surgery.
Methods. The authors carry on an electromyographic study of the following muscles: dilator naris, transverse muscle, monitoring 75 subjects: 18 volunteers with normal nasal functioning and 57 patients with septal and or pyramidal deviation.
Results. These studies showed that 18 volunteers presented normal nasal functioning and 57 patients almost constantly showed electromyographic alterations: asymmetric activity, no activation, or little and high activity during relaxed respiration.
Conclusions. EMG could explain the cause of some functional failure of rhinoplasty and it could supply indications for a more conservative surgical approach.

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