Turkish Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
Original Article

The Impact of Septal Deviation on Intranasal Schirmer Test Values


Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, İstanbul Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

Turk Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2018; 56: 145-148
DOI: 10.5152/tao.2018.3416
Read: 359 Downloads: 145 Published: 03 September 2019



Objective: Intranasal Schirmer test serves as an objective measurement for evaluation of nasal secretion and humidity. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of septal deviation on nasal secretion and humidity by measuring the intranasal Schirmer test values in patients who had septal deviation and compare it to the values of our healthy volunteers.


Methods: The study included 52 patients with nasal septum deviation and 52 volunteers without any rhinologic complaints or deviated nasal septum. Intranasal Schirmer test was performed to all patients and volunteers for both nasal cavities.


Results: The intranasal Schirmer test values of the convex (deviated) side were lower than that of the concave (non-deviated) side (20.71 and 23.35 respectively); although this difference was not statistically significant (p=0.054,). After excluding the four patients with equal Schirmer test results on both sides, 70% (34/48) of our patients had lower intranasal Schirmer test values on the deviated side. There was no statistically significant difference between the Schirmer test values of the patients with septal deviation and the volunteers without septal deviation (p>0.05).


Conclusion: The Schirmer test values of the deviated sides were less than the values of the contralateral side in majority of our patients. This finding supports the negative effect of nasal septum deviation on nasal humidification, although the difference did not reach statistical significance.


Cite this article as: Önerci Çelebi Ö, Araz Server E, Yiğit Ö, Yıldız M, Longur ES. The Impact of Septal Deviation on Intranasal Schirmer Test Values. Turk Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2018; 56(3): 145-8.

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