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Year: 2010  Vol. 14   Num. 4  - Oct/Dec Print:
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Sinus Retrospective Analysis of Surgeries in a Hospital School
Anlise Retrospectiva de Cirurgias Rinossinusais em um Hospital Escola
Thiago Bittencourt Ottoni de Carvalho1, Tiago Jos Conrado2, Tiago L Genaro2, Atlio Maximino Fernandes3, Jos Victor Maniglia4.
Key words:
Nose diseases, Nose, Nose neoplasms; Rhinoplasty; Otorhinolaryngologic surgical procedures.

Introduction: The ENT is a medical specialty that covers 4.4% of all doctors in So Paulo, with a variety of surgical procedures distributed between pharynx, nose, ear and larynx. Knowing the profile of a reference service in otolaryngology allows for a better organization, scaling the volume of care and surgeries, providing better training to the student and resident physician. Objective: To describe the profile of sinonasal surgery and patients to them in the department of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery at a teaching hospital. Method: We conducted a cohort study of cross-sectional retrospective study with review of 872 charts of patients undergoing surgery Sinus between January 2006 and December 2008. Used questionnaires, seeking sex, age, surgical diagnosis and surgery. Results: Of 872 patients studied, 45.4% were female and 54.6% male, ranging in an age group 40-80 years (mean 29.8 years). The main surgical diagnoses were: nasal septum deviation (n=457), nasal deformity after trauma (n=287), enlarged turbinates (n=153), rhinosinusal polyposis (n=73), chronic sinusitis (n=32). Among the most frequently performed surgical procedures include: septoplasty (n=388), rhinoplasty (n=215), FESS (n=131), intra-turbinal cauterization (n=114), reconstructive rhinoplasty (n=73), turbinectomy (n=43), turbinoplasty (n=55). It is emphasized that patients may have received more than one surgical diagnosis and realized more than one surgery, depending on the alert. Conclusion: We present the volume and diversity of Sinus surgeries performed in our department, contributing to the scarce scientific literature on this type of case.


The Otolaryngology is the medical specialty that covers 4.4% of doctors in So Paulo (1), with 2450 professionals working in the state of Sao Paulo, according to the 2007-2008 census conducted by the Brazilian Association of Otorhinolaryngology and Cervico-Facial (2). In the country in 2003 by the National Health System were performed 80,030 surgical procedures otorhinolaryngological (3). Of these, 45.6% were in the pharynx, nose 28%, 14% in the ear, and 12.4% in the larynx. Sinus between surgeries, 60% were men and 40% in women. The age distribution of this type of surgery is presented with the following range: 1.2% were under 4 years, 2.7% between 5 and 9 years, 23.5% from 10 to 19 years, 51% between 20 and 39 years, 16.8% between 40 and 59 years, and 4.8% over 60 years, thereby revealing a male profile, and young adult patients undergoing surgery Sinus in the country.

In private practice, on the other hand, the Sinus surgeries are the most frequently performed procedures, followed by the procedures performed in the pharynx (3).

Knowing the profile of a reference service in otolaryngology allows better organization of the service. Also, when it comes to a teaching hospital, the size and knowledge of the volume of care and surgeries performed provides a better characterization and consequent better training to students and medical residents.

This paper aims to describe the profile of Sinus surgery and patients submitted to them by the SUS in the otorhinolaryngology department of the Hospital de Base, So Jos do Rio Preto / SP.


Was conducted a cohort study of cross-sectional, with review of 872 charts of patients undergoing surgery Sinus, between 2006 and 2008, the Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine of Sao Jose do Rio Preto - FAMERP.

The charts were selected by searching through the central data processing (CMP) of the Base Hospital. We used keywords to identify the Sinus surgery practiced in the period between 2006 and 2008 as "septoplasty", "rhinoplasty", "FESS", "intra-cauterization turbinal", "turbinate", "turbinoplasty", "surgery Caldwell-Luc "," surgery for epistaxis, "among others.

A questionnaire was used in very specific records, featuring sex, age, surgical diagnosis and surgery. There were no exclusion criteria. All surgeries were performed sinonasal added to the study, however, only the main ones were described in detail to facilitate understanding by the reader.

The research project was submitted to the Ethics Committee in Research of the institution and approved as protocol number 6209/2007.


Of the total 872 patients analyzed, 45.4% were female and 54.6% were male. The average age was 29.8 years, ranging in age range from 40 to 80 years. Of this total, 625 patients (69.4%) had a single indication for surgery, while 247 (30.6%) had more than one indication nasal surgery (Tables 1 and 2).

The main surgical diagnoses were: I) deviated nasal septum, with 457 patients, mean age of 28.1 years (5-70 years), of which 39.4% were women and 60.6% men; II) posttraumatic nasal deformity (DNPT) with 287 patients, mean age of 26.7 years (14-65 years), of which 65.5% were women and 34.5% men; III) hypertrophy of turbinates , with 153 patients, mean age of 28.5 years (8-69 years), of which 37.3% were women and 62.7% men; IV) nasal polyposis, with 73 patients, mean age 41 3 years (9-67 years), of which 34.3% were women and 65.7% men; V) chronic rhinosinusitis, with 32 patients, mean age 30 years (4-66 years), of which 37.5% were women and 62.5% men (Table 3).

1139 surgical procedures were performed during this period, with 631 patients in the surgeries were isolated (72.3%) and 241 (27.7%) had one or more associated with nasal surgery. In the same period were carried out 64,875 outpatient consultations, with a ratio of 1.75% of sinonasal surgery of the total demand (Table 4).

The prevalence of the following: I) septoplasty in 388 patients, mean age of 28.2 years (5-70 years), of which 34.8% were women and 65.2% men; II) rhinoplasty in 215 patients, mean age 27.1 years (14-61 years), of which 62.8% were women and 37.2% men; III) functional endoscopic sinus (FESS), in 131 patients, mean age of 37.3 years (40-70 years), of which 37.5% were women and 62.5% men; IV) intra-cauterization turbinal in 114 patients, mean age of 26.3 years (10-61 years), of which 28% were female and 72% men; V) Restorative rhinoplasty in 73 patients, mean age of 26.6 years (17-65 years), of which 76.7% were women and 23.3% men; VI) turbinectomy in 43 patients, mean age 33.4 years (90-70 years), of which 39.6% were women and 60.4% men; VII) turbinoplasty in 55 patients, mean age of 29.3 years (16-69 years), of which 51% were women and 49% men; VIII) other.

Surgeries of this study were conducted by the department of otolaryngology residents under the supervision of the teacher's specialty. The second year residents (R2) underwent the septoplasty, burning intra-turbine, turbinectomy and turbinoplasties, leaving the other surgeries under the responsibility of R3 and R4 (Table 5).

Of 33 patients aged 60 years or more, 72.7% were male and 27.3% female, mean age 66.4 years (60-80 years). The main surgical diagnoses were: I) nasal septal deviation in 11 patients (28.6%); II) nasal polyposis in 7 patients (24%). The most common surgical procedures in this age group were: I) FESS performed in 14 patients (42.4%) and II) septoplasty in 9 patients (27.3%).

Among children (younger than 15 years), we found 74 patients, 66.2% male and 33.8% female. The average age was 11.08 years (4-14 years). The main surgical diagnoses were: I) nasal septal deviation in 47 patients (63.5%); II) nasal turbinate hypertrophy in 13 patients (17.5%); III) chronic rhinosinusitis, in 7 patients ( 9.5%). The most common surgical procedures were: I) septoplasty in 46 patients (62.1%), FESS in 17 patients (23%).


In Brazil, in 2003, the total of 22,396 surgeries performed Sinus within the SUS, the most accomplished was the reduction of bone fracture of the nose (28.8% of total), followed by septoplasty (25%), rhinoplasty (15 3%) and turbinectomy (11%) (4). The picture is different when compared with the profile of a private clinic. If the surgeries on SUS prevail in the pharynx, with 45.6% of the total, followed by nasal surgery, with 28% (2), in private surgeries are practically equal to the nasal pharynx, with 34% and 33% respectively In a recent study. Moreover, the main procedure was rhinosinusal turbinectomy, with or without septoplasty, representing a third of all ENT procedures performed (3).

In this service, septoplasty represented 34% of Sinus surgery in the period, followed by rhinoplasty (18.9%), FESS (11.5%) and intra-turbinal cauterization (10%). Among the indications for surgery, the nasal septal deviation was present in 52.4% of patients, followed by nasal deformity after trauma (32.9%), turbinate hypertrophy (17.5%) and nasal polyposis (8.3 %). Unlike surgical volume in private practice in our department prevails septoplasty.

Note that 25% of nasal surgeries performed are considered cosmetic surgery of the face (rhinoplasty and reconstructive rhinoplasty), which demonstrates an important feature of the service studied, preparing thus the resident to another model for action.

Regarding the septoplasty procedure most often performed this service were operated on 388 patients. The distribution between the sexes, with a slight predominance in men, and the average age in their 30s was similar to that found in other studies (5.6 ). The deviated septum, which included 457 patients, had a mean age of 28.1 years, 60.6% male and 39.4% female. In a study sponsored by OLIVEIRA et al. (7), which showed prevalence of deviated septum in 60.3% of volunteers rated passers, there was a different gender profile of the study. Of the 322 patients with a deviated septum, surgery or not, 59% were women and 41% men.

The second most common surgery performed in rhinoplasty, addressed 215 cases. Again there was a predominance of young people, with an average age below 30 years. The gender distribution was significantly higher among women (62.8%), similar to that found by OROPEZA et al. (8), whose prevalence in women was 56%.

The third most common procedure was the functional endoscopic sinus (FESS), involving patients with a higher mean age (37.3 years). In another analysis (9), even though they were selected only patients with fungal rhinosinusitis, we see also the highest average age (mean 40.6 years). In this case there was no statistical difference between the sexes, unlike the Met, which was predominant in males.

The FESS is used in most patients with hypertrophic turbinates, nasal polyposis, polyp of Killian, chronic sinusitis and other clinical and surgical situations.

Evaluating the 153 patients resistant to medical treatment and were operated for hypertrophy of the turbinates by FESS or by another procedure, the mean age was 28.5 years with significant predominance of males (62.7%). CINTRA et al. (10) found very similar average age in this study (28 years), but without predominance of either gender.

The nasal polyposis, present in 73 patients had a mean age of 41.3 years, consistent with the literature (11), confirming that this is a rare disease in children and adolescents. COUTO et al. (12) described a male predominance, accounting for 62.9% of subjects, very similar to our study (65.7%).

Regarding the 32 patients with chronic rhinosinusitis, the average age was 30 years, with 62.5% men and 37.5% women. GEMINIANI et al. (13) indicate a mean age of 40 years and balance the distribution between men, 51.5% and women 48.5%.

As for the polyp of Killian, the 10 patients studied, the average age was 21.3 years (9-45 years), 60% below 20 years, 30% female and 70% men. FRANCHE et al. (14) show similar mean age, 27.5 years (7-75 years), but was most prevalent in females, with 58.6%. Since Davis et al. (15) indicate a higher recurrence rate below 20 years, representing about 70% of patients, and prevalence in males (1:1.3).

Rhinoplasty restorative surgery to the fifth most prevalent in the present study, is also prevalent in young adults, but with a wide prevalence in women, according to the presented by PATROCNIO et al. (16).

Another common procedure in daily practice of otolaryngologists is the turbinectomy, effective treatment for nasal obstruction secondary to hypertrophic rhinitis, which in this study, was prevalent in individuals over age 30 and male, unlike the findings of BARBOSA et al. (17 ), whose average age was 25 years, and no predilection for sex. However, the study that evaluates only patients who were diagnosed with rhinitis, which could explain this difference.

There were just 11 cuts in this service performed nasal fractures during the study period (82% in males and 18% female) with a mean age of 24.1 years (range 18 to 53 years), similar to that found by MONTOVANI et al.. (18) One explanation for this small number of procedures would be the notification of nasal trauma, as often repair these fractures occur in the halls of the emergency room physician. It is noteworthy that, of the reduction of nasal fracture in this hospital is performed by another specialty, which reduces the volume of assistance to the otorhinolaryngology team.

It is noticeable, 10 patients with severe epistaxis in the period, with a mean age of 49.5 years (19-80 years), with absolute predominance in males (90%). SANTOS et al. (19) also indicate that higher average age for surgical cases of epistaxis, with a mean of 50.9 years (32-78 years) and male prevalence, with 67% of cases.


It is concluded that the main surgical diagnosis polyps in this study was performed deviated nasal septum, septoplasty surgery being performed more. The patients are mostly young and male, having been in most cases, only an indication for surgery.

Contributes to, that way, with the scarce scientific literature on this type of study.


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1 Medical. ENT resident.
2 Medical Student, Faculty of Medicine of Sao Jose do Rio Preto - FAMERP - SP.
3 Doctor. Attending Physician, Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine of Sao Jose do Rio Preto - FAMERP - SP.
4 Free Docente.Mdico Assistant, Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine of Sao Jose do Rio Preto - FAMERP - SP)

Institution: Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine of Sao Jose do Rio Preto - FAMERP - SP. Sao Jose do Rio Preto / SP - Brazil. Mail Adress: Thiago Bittencourt Ottoni de Carvalho - Rua Jos Picerni 449 - Apto 21 - Garden Panorama - Sao Jose do Rio Preto / SP - Brazil - Zip Code: 15091-200 - Telephone: (+55 17) 8141-5584 / (+ 55 61) 7814-7648 - E-mail: drthiago.ottoni@yahoo.com.br

Article received on July 23, 2010. Approved on August 22, 2010.



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