Measuring Nasal Obstruction Outcomes

Emily Spataro, Sam P. Most

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Methods of measuring nasal obstruction outcomes include both objective anatomic and physiologic measurements, as well as subjective patient-reported measures. Anatomic measurements include acoustic rhinometry, imaging studies, and clinician-derived examination findings. Physiologic measures include rhinomanometry, nasal peak inspiratory flow, and computational fluid dynamics. Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are self-reported assessments of disease-specific quality-of-life outcomes. Several studies attempted correlation of these outcome measures; however, few show strong correlation. Expert opinion favors determining successful surgical outcomes using PROMs. This review provides a summary of current nasal obstruction outcome measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)883-895
Number of pages13
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2018


  • Functional rhinoplasty
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Nasal valve stenosis
  • Objective and subjective outcomes measures
  • Patient-reported outcomes measures


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