Clinical consensus statement: Diagnosis and management of nasal valve compromise

John S. Rhee, Edward M. Weaver, Stephen S. Park, Shan R. Baker, Peter A. Hilger, J. David Kriet, Craig Murakami, Brent A. Senior, Richard M. Rosenfeld, Danielle DiVittorio

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Objective: To create a clinical consensus statement to address ambiguities and disparities in the diagnosis and management of nasal valve compromise (NVC). Subjects and Methods: An updated systematic review of the literature was conducted. In addition, a Modified Delphi Method was used to refine expert opinion and facilitate a consensus position. Results: After two rounds of surveys and conference calls, 36 items reached consensus, six items reached near consensus, and 10 items reached no consensus. The categories that had the greatest percentage of consensus or near consensus items were as follows: definition, history and physical examination, outcome measures, and management. Conversely, the categories with greater percentage of no consensus items were adjunctive tests and coding. Conclusion: The consensus panel agreed that NVC is a distinct clinical entity that is best evaluated with history and physical examination findings. Endoscopy and photography are useful but not routinely indicated, whereas radiographic studies are not useful in evaluating NVC. Other objective nasal outcome measures may not be useful or accepted for NVC. Nasal steroid medication is not useful for treatment of NVC in the absence of rhinitis, and mechanical treatments may be useful in selected patients. Surgical treatment is the primary mode of treatment of NVC, but bill coding remains ambiguous and confusing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-59
Number of pages12
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2010

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We gratefully acknowledge the support provided by Jean Brereton, MBA, Milesh Patel, MS, Kristine Schulz, MPH, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology−Head and Neck Surgery.


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