Rhinomanometric Assessment of The Impact of High Altitude on Nasal Airway Resistance
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University of Erciyes, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Kayseri, Turkey
State Hospital of Bursa, Clinic of Otorhinolaryngology, Bursa, Turkey
State Hospital of Isparta, Clinic of Otorhinolaryngology, Isparta, Turkey
Publication date: 2014-01-08
Eur J Gen Med 2014;11(1):24–28
Aim of this study is to carry out a rhinomanometric assessment for the impact of altitude variation (1050–2215m) on nasal airflow. First of all, rhinomanometry standard values were specified in 100 healthy people (0.53 on the left; 0.55 Pa/cm³/sec on the right). 42 people were enrolled into the study. Nasal resistance was calculated for Group 1 when ascending from 1050m to 2215m and for Group 2 when descending from 2215m to 1050m. Nasal resistances and total nasal resistances were compared. Mean nasal resistances were determined as 0.54 Pa/cm³/sec on the right and 0.54 Pa/cm³/sec on the left for Group 1 and as 0.52 Pa/cm³/sec on the right and 0.59 Pa/cm³/sec on the left for Group 2. Altitude variation in Group 1 and 2 was detected to have no statistically significant effects on right and left nasal resistances. No variation in total resistance was determined either. Although ,Altitude variation from 1050 m to 2215 m or from 2215 m to 1050 m does not affect the nasal resistance in this study, due to the many factors that affect the physiology of the nose at high altitude a decisive conclusion can not be said. multi-factorial studies are needed.