Powered irrigation with suction evacuation for chronic rhinosinusitis in the office setting: A pilot study

Margherita Bruni, Lindsey E. Ryan, Mark H. Tabor

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Bacterial infections in the form of adherent biofilms are frequently implicated in the pathogenesis and recalcitrance of chronic rhinosinusitis. The Hydrodebrider, a disposable powered irrigation and suction device, has been developed specifically to remove biofilm from the paranasal sinuses. We conducted a prospective study to evaluate the tolerability and efficacy of the Hydrodebrider in the office setting with the use of local anesthesia. Of the original 13 adults we recruited, 10 completed the entire study protocol. All enrolled patients had previously undergone sinus surgery that involved the creation of a maxillary antrostomy large enough to allow placement of a Hydrodebrider device, and the endoscopic findings in all patients were consistent with chronic sinusitis. The standard visual analog scale for pain (range: 0 to 10) was used to measure tolerability. The 20-Item Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-20) for symptoms was completed at baseline and at 1 and 8 weeks after the procedure. The mean pain score obtained immediately after the procedure was only 2.3, indicating that the procedure was well tolerated. The mean SNOT-20 score trended toward improvement during the first week, but then returned to near-preprocedure levels at 8 weeks. In conclusion, powered irrigation with suction is a well-tolerated procedure in the office setting and might be a useful short-term adjunct in the management of recalcitrant chronic sinusitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E27
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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