What is Empty Nose Syndrome?
Empty nose syndrome (ENS) is a disorder most often recognized by the presence of paradoxical nasal obstruction despite an objectively wide nasal space. Patients may experience ENS after undergoing inferior turbinate resection or middle turbinate resection; however, ENS is also associated in individuals who have normal turbinate tissue and intranasal volume.
Which are the main ENS symptoms?
A constellation of symptoms is often described in the ENS patient, including: dyspnea, nasal and pharyngeal dryness, facial or nasal pain, crusting, hyposmia (lacking of sense of smelling), and depression.
Why is ENS a scope of one of our clinical research projects?
Empty nose syndrome contributes to a significant number of sick days missed from work, decreased productivity, and lifestyle disruption. Currently, the assessments of clinical outcome of ENS treatments mostly depend on objective indicators, such as computed tomographic scans and endoscopic sinonasal imaging. We hope to learn the Quality of Life impact and global effects of this entity.
Therefore, we expect to increase the existent knowledge regarding the physiological aspects of the entity and their relationship with the symptomatology present. Due to the limited scientific literature available about this pathology, we consider that this new knowledge would provide new tools for understanding this condition.