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Table 3 Improvement in symptoms and HQOL 6 months postoperatively

From: A comparison of symptoms and quality of life before and after nasal septoplasty and radiofrequency therapy of the inferior turbinate

  Improvement
Group 1
Improvement
Group 2
Improvement
Group 3
Comparing 1 vs 2
p
Comparing 1 vs 3
p
Comparing 2 vs 3
p
Symptoms - VAS
 Nasal obstruction 40,5 (33.5) 44.6 (25.7) 29.5 (31.5) 0,39 0,04 0,01
 Nasal discharge 19.3 (30.5) 17.4 (29.5) 12.0 (33.9) 0,86 0,15 0,20
 Sneezing 12.9 (32.4) 14.4 (26.6) 5.48 (20.7) 0,40 0,14 0,01
 Snoring 27.7 (35.0) 26.0 (28.0) 12.9 (28.3) 0,55 0,01 0,01
 Oral breathing 40.1 (35.4) 37.2 (32.3) 19.9 (29.4) 0,50 0,01 0,01
 Reduced general health 33.2 (33.5) 32.0 (29.1) 22.0 (32.7) 0,99 0,06 0,06
HQOL - SNOT- 20
 Total SNOT 20 0.61 (0.68) 0.78 (0.84) 0.44 (0.72) 0,30 0,15 0,01
Subset
 Rhinologic 0.66 (1.08) 0.65 (1.09) 0.40 (0.90) 0,95 0,28 0,11
 Ear/facial 0.28 (0.62) 0.55 (0.84) 0.32 (0.88) 0,06 0,42 0,32
 Sleep 0.92 (1.18) 1.08 (1.36) 0.59 (1.33) 0,82 0,05 0,03
 Psychological 0.63 (0.97) 0.87 (1.01) 0.50 (1.00) 0,12 0,63 0,04
HQOL - SF-36
 PF physical functioning 2.17 (10.3) 4.42 (15.7) 3.17 (20.2) 0,69 0,65 0,41
 RP role-physical 6.86 (19.9) 9.55 (24.8) 2.91 (21.2) 0,57 0,48 0,22
 BP bodily pain 5.42 (22.8) 5.82 (27.0) 3.74 (22.5) 0,71 0,38 0,66
 GH general health 4.49 (18.8) 5.14 (15.7) 5.10 (16.4) 0,99 0,84 0,77
 VT vitality 5.00 (16.0) 8.00 (16.3) 8.25 (16.8) 0,35 0,37 0,99
 SF social functioning 5.70 (18.5) 3.57 (18.9) 5.39 (24.0) 0,66 0,76 0,50
 RE role-emotional 5.12 (20.2) 2.46 (21.8) 0.00 (19.7) 0,64 0,85 0,43
 MH general mental health 1.96 (9.94) 2.54 (8.69) 1.43 (11.0) 0,61 0,89 0,74
 Physical health summary 4.44 (12.9) 6.08 (16.1) 3.80 (14.0) 0,74 0,59 0,59
 Mental health summary 4.91 (12.9) 4.33 (12.1) 4.69 (14.6) 0,83 0,94 0,93
  1. Abbreviations: Group 1, septoplasty; Group 2, septoplasty combined with radiofrequency therapy of inferior turbinate (RFIT); Group 3, RFIT only; VAS, Visual Analog Scale; SNOT-20, Sino-Nasal-Outcome-Test-20; SF-36, Short-Form-Health-Survey-36; pre, preoperative; pos, postoperative. Data are presented in mean with standard deviation, p-values ≤ 0.01 are considered significant