Nasal septal abscess as a complication of laser inferior turbinectomy.

Postoperative infections are infrequent following laser inferior turbinate surgery. We report a 52-year-old man with a Klebsiella pneumoniae nasal septal abscess as a complication of potassium-titanium-phosphate 532-nm laser turbinectomy. To our knowledge, this is the first report of such a potentially serious complication resulting from minor ambulatory intranasal surgery. The clinical presentation, pathogenesis, and management of nasal septal abscesses are discussed.
AuthorsShih-Hung Lo, Pa-Chun Wang
JournalChang Gung medical journal (Chang Gung Med J) Vol. 27 Issue 5 Pg. 390-3 (May 2004) ISSN: 2072-0939 [Print] China (Republic : 1949- )
PMID15366817 (Publication Type: Case Reports, Journal Article)
  • Abscess (etiology, therapy)
  • Humans
  • Klebsiella Infections (etiology, therapy)
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae (isolation & purification)
  • Laser Therapy (adverse effects, methods)
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nasal Obstruction (etiology, therapy)
  • Nasal Septum (microbiology, pathology)
  • Postoperative Complications (etiology, therapy)
  • Turbinates (abnormalities, surgery)

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