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Korean Journal of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery > Volume 32(3); 1989 > Article
Korean Journal of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 1989;32(3): 456-63.
The Clinical Application of Rhinometry
Kyung Tae, MD, Jung Whan Kim, MD, Hye Ok Kim, MD, Hyung Seok Lee, MD, and Sun Kon Kim, MD
Department of Otolaryngology, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Korea
비강통기도계의 임상적 응용
태 경 · 김정환 · 김혜옥 · 이형석 · 김선곤
한양대학교 의과대학 이비인후과학교실

Nasal obstruction is predominantely a subjective patient complaint. So, there is wide variation in the patient's interpretation of the symptoms. While the history and physical examination are reasonable diagnostic indicators, an objective means of evaluation is needed. Rhinomanometry is an objective tool which measures nasal obstruction reliably. Nasal airway resistance was measured on 20 healthy persons and 29 patients with nasal obstruction before and after nasal surgery and removal of nasal secretion by active anterior rhinomanometry. The results were as follows ; 1) The mean total nasal resistance was 0.275 Pa/cm3/sec in control group and 0.420 Pa/cm3/sec in patient group. 2) After surgery the total nasal resistance of patient group after epinephrine was decreased from 0.313 Pa/cm3/sec to 0.237 Pa/cm3/sec. 3) There was high correlation between the nasal airway resistance and symptoms of nasal obstruction before and after nasal surgery. 4) Nasal airway resistance of patient group who had a high nasal airway resistance was decreased after removal of nasal secretion. But there were no significant changes of nasal airway resistance in control group after removal of nasal secretion. 5) We concluded that rhinomanometry could be useful in evaluation objectively the severity of nasal obstruction and the results of nasal surgery. 

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