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New rhinophyma severity index and mid-term results following shave excision of rhinophyma.

Dermatology. 2013;227(1):31-6

Authors: Wetzig T, Averbeck M, Simon JC, Kendler M

BACKGROUND: Rhinophyma is a progressive nasal deformity resulting from hyperplasia of the sebaceous glands and connective tissue, with a negative effect on quality of life. Partial-thickness shave excision has been used for the treatment of rhinophyma, but the mid- and long-term efficacy of the treatment is unknown.
OBJECTIVES: We analysed the clinical outcomes of shave excision in patients with rhinophyma in our centre between 2005 and 2009.
METHODS: The entire nose was shaved using a scalpel while under tumescent anaesthesia. The clinical assessment was scored using a novel Rhinophyma Severity Index.
RESULTS: Thirty-three patients with rhinophyma and shave excision were recruited for the study. A mid-term follow-up examination was possible in 23/33 (69.7%) patients. After a mean follow-up of 37.4 ± 13.2 months, 21 (91.3%) patients showed an improved Rhinophyma Severity Index (3.3 ± 1.1 to 1.7 ± 0.9, p < 0.0001). All patients reported a high level of satisfaction after surgery (excellent or good result). Eleven (47.8%) patients developed rhinophyma recurrence.
CONCLUSION: Shave excision under tumescent anaesthesia is an effective treatment for rhinophyma. The treatment is associated with high patient satisfaction and minimal side effects. A possible recurrence of rhinophyma must be addressed, however, while obtaining informed consent.

PMID: 24008235 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24008235?dopt=Abstract = URL to article

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