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The nasal obstruction in school children: A discomfort manifested as a feeling of respiratory impairment
Anna Zakrzewska, Agnieszka Sońta, Rafał Zieliński 1/
  • 1/ Klinika Otolaryngologii, Audiologii i Foniatrii Dziecięcej Uniwersyteckiego Szpitala Klinicznego nr 4 im. M. Konopnickiej w Łodzi

Introduction. Teenagers with chronic nasal congestion often complain of tiredness, somnolence and also impaired performance
during prolonged exercise.
Aim. The aim of the study was to assess if subjective feeling of impaired breathing ability in teenagers without bronchial hyperreactivity could be an indication for detailed rhinologic examination.
Material and methods. Study subjects comprised 45 children, both genders, 12-17 years old, suffering from nasal breathing
disturbances; 22 suffered from chronic allergic rhinitis – group I, 23 suffered from disturbances of the nasal septum and turbinate
– group II. The control group consisted of 20 healthy children. Children underwent pediatric, allergologic and laryngological examination. All of them were interviewed using specific validated questionnaire SNAQ-11 and the questionnaire for subjective
evaluation of breathing ability (SEBA). The rhinomanometric and PEF measurements were done twice: before the treatment and
more than five months after immunotherapy or surgery.
Results. The analysis of improvement ratio in group I and II allowed to confirm the significant correlation between the results of SNAQ-11 and SEBA in both groups of children patients and the results of rhinomanometric measurements and PEF.
Conclusions. Chronic nasal congestion exerts a significant influence on the subjective assessment of the respiratory function.

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