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Minerva Pediatrica 2017 February;69(1):15-21

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4946.16.04600-4


lingua: Inglese

Effect of liposomes, vitamins A and E nasal spray in reducing the healing time after septoplasty with concurrent turbinate surgery in adolescents

Filippo RICCIARDIELLO, Elena CANTONE, Teresa ABATE, Antonella M. DI LULLO, Flavia OLIVA, Maurizio IENGO, Giuseppe DE BERNARDO

ENT Section, Department of Neurosciences, “Federico II” University, Naples, Italy


BACKGROUND: This study evaluates endoscopic and quality of life (QoL) outcomes in two groups, composed by both allergic (A) and non-allergic (N-A) adolescents undergoing septoplasty with concurrent turbinate surgery by radiofrequency treated after surgery with nasal spray containing liposomes and vitamins A and E.
METHODS: This double-blind randomized study was carried out on 40 patients (22 males, 18 females, mean age 15.5±1.0 years) undergoing septoplasty and volumetric tissue reduction of inferior turbinates by radiofrequency for post-traumatic deformities and severe nasal obstruction. We enrolled 20 subjects with positive skin prick tests and 20 with negative skin prick tests (SPT) to aeroallergens. All subjects underwent the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) questionnaire and the nasal endoscopy score by Lund and Kennedy (LK) at baseline before surgery (T0) and 15 days (T15) and 21 days (T21) after treatment. After surgery, the nose was not packed and the day after surgery all subjects were randomized into two groups, experimental arm group I (GI) and control arm group II (GII) and given the treatment, nasal spray containing liposomes composed of phospholipids, fatty acids, and vitamin A and E for group I and saline solution (sodium chloride 0.9%) for group II.
RESULTS: After therapy, the VAS and LK scores were better (P<0.05) in the investigational than in the control arm in both sub-groups (A and N-A).
CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggested that liposomal, vitamins A and E nasal spray improves the QoL in the early postoperative period, both in A and N-A sub-groups.

KEY WORDS: Nasal septum - Turbinates - Surgery - Child - Nasal sprays

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