HomePhilippine Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeryvol. 31 no. 1 (2016)

Effects of Dexamethasone versus Saline-Impregnated Nasal Packing on the Postoperative Outcome of Patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyps after Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Shella May A. Promentilla | Rubiliza DC Onofre | Benjamin SA Campomanes



Objectives: To evaluate the effects of Dexamethasone-impregnated absorbable nasal pack versus saline-impregnated nasal packing on postoperative outcome of nasal cavities after endoscopic sinus surgery using the Perioperative Sinus Evaluation Scoring System (POSE) and Lund and Kennedy Endoscopic Scoring System.

Methods: Design: Prospective, randomized, double blinded, placebo-controlled trial Setting: Single Center Tertiary Government Hospital Participants: Nineteen (19) patients aged 15 years old and above, diagnosed with chronic rhinosinusitis, with nasal polyposis grade 3, who underwent endoscopic sinus surgery from January 2015 to August 2015

Results: Nasal cavities that received postoperative dexamethasone-impregnated nasal packs showed significantly lower POSE scores than placebo on post-op Days 14 (p value 0.0022; 95% CI: -2.113 to -0.5116) as well as lower Lund-Kennedy Scores on post-op day 14 (p value of 0.0180; 95% CI: -2.493 to – 0.2571) and day 28 (p value of 0.007; 95% CI: -1.56275 to -0.2832).

Conclusion: Dexamethasone-impregnated absorbable nasal packing affords better postoperative outcomes: less edema, crusting, secretions, and synechiae, than saline-impregnated absorbable packing in later postoperative days.