Three-dimensional printing of large nasal septal perforations for optimal prosthetic closure


Altunay Z. O. , Bly J. A. , Edwards P. K. , Holmes D. R. , Hamilton G. S. , O'Brien E. K. , ...More

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RHINOLOGY & ALLERGY, vol.30, no.4, pp.287-293, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.2500/ajra.2016.30.4324
  • Title of Journal : AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RHINOLOGY & ALLERGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.287-293

Abstract

Background: Since 1972, patients with large nasal perforations, who were symptomatic, and who were not candidates for surgery, had the option of custom prosthetic closure at Mayo Clinic. Although septal prostheses have helped many patients, 27% of pre-1982 patients chose not to keep the prosthesis in place. Two-dimensional computed tomography (CT) sizing resulted in more of the patients choosing to retain the prosthesis. The introduction of three-dimensional (3-D) printing to the sizing process offered the potential of further improved retention by refinement in prosthesis fit.