Preoperative Corticosteroid Oral Therapy and Intraoperative Bleeding during Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery in Patients with Severe Nasal Polyposis: A Preliminary Investigation

ArticleinThe Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology 115(7):490-4 · August 2006with24 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.09 · DOI: 10.1177/000348940611500702 · Source: PubMed


    The aim of the study was to investigate whether orally administered steroids might improve surgical field conditions during functional endoscopic sinus surgery.
    Total blood loss and visualization of the surgical field during the surgical procedure were compared in 2 groups of 18 patients each with severe nasal polyposis. The groups were similar in respect to age, body mass index, general health status, incidence of allergy, bronchial asthma, aspirin triad, and stage of disease. One group received 30 mg of prednisone daily for 5 consecutive days before the operation. The second group served as a control.
    Although the total blood loss was only slightly less in the steroid group, the visual conditions of the surgical field improved significantly.
    Better surgical field conditions were the results of the powerful anti-inflammatory and antiedematous activity of the drug, which facilitated blood and secretion evacuation from the operated area and prevented the optic system from staining.