Comparison of Primary and Secondary Anterior Septal Reconstruction: A Cohort Study

Emily Spataro, Cristen Olds, Brian Nuyen, Cherian K. Kandathil, Sam P. Most

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This article compares outcomes in patients presenting for either primary or secondary (revision) anterior septal reconstruction (ASR) to treat caudal septal deviation. Patients undergoing ASR by senior author (S. P. M.) between January 1, 2012 and September 1, 2017, with both preoperative and postoperative Nasal Obstruction Symptom Evaluation (NOSE) scores documented in the chart were included. Data were compared between patients undergoing primary and secondary ASR by univariable and multivariable logistic regression. A total of 199 patients were included in this study; 128 (64%) underwent primary ASR and 71 (36%) underwent secondary ASR. After multivariable analysis, a greater ratio of females and autologous rib graft harvest in the secondary compared with primary ASR, and decreased odds of inferior turbinate reduction in the secondary group was found. There was no significant difference in NOSE scores between the primary and secondary group, and there were very few complications or revision surgeries. While outcomes are similar between primary and secondary (revision) ASR to treat caudal septal deviation, there was a significantly higher rate of autologous rib harvest, highlighting the importance of addressing deviations of the caudal septum at the primary procedure to reduce morbidity related to rib graft harvest and revision surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-67
Number of pages3
JournalFacial Plastic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • anterior septal reconstruction
  • extracorporeal septoplasty
  • outcomes
  • revision
  • septoplasty


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