OTOLARYNGOLOGY-HEAD AND NECK SURGERY, vol.168, no.3, pp.339-344, 2023 (SCI-Expanded)
Objective To investigate subjective throat symptoms with the Qualities of Sore Throat Index (QuaSTI) in adults with nasal septum deviation. Study Design Prospective study. Setting Baskent University Ankara Hospital. Methods Group 1 included patients with septum deviation. Preoperative data were obtained through evaluation of subjective nasal obstruction with the NOSE (Nasal Obstruction Symptom Evaluation) and throat symptoms with the QuaSTI (group 1a). After 3 months, the same patient group was reevaluated with the NOSE and QuaSTI to obtain postoperative data (group 1b). Group 2 was formed of healthy volunteers with no nasal obstruction. Results The mean +/- SD and median (range) values of the QuaSTI total score were 33.39 +/- 29.50 and 18.5 (0-90) in group 1a, 7.49 +/- 4.31 and 7 (0-18) in group 2, and 7.58 +/- 9.24 and 4.50 (0-49) in group 1b (group 1a vs 2, P < .001; group 1a vs 1b, P < .0001). A significant difference was determined between groups 1a and 2 with respect to the QuaSTI sensory score (26.58 +/- 23.54 and 18 [0-73] vs 6.51 +/- 3.58 and 7 [0-15], P < .001, respectively) and between groups 1a and 1b for the QuaSTI functional score (6.03 +/- 6.62 and 3 [0-20] vs 1.50 +/- 2.47 and 0.50 [0-13], P = .004). No significant difference was found between groups 1a and 2 in terms of the QuaSTI emotional score (P = .126). Conclusion Various persistent sensory and functional throat symptoms can be seen in patients experiencing nasal obstruction associated with septum deviation, and the majority of these symptoms recover after septal surgery.