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Surgical treatment of rhinophyma: experience from a German cohort of 70 patients.

Eur J Dermatol. 2017 May 19;:

Authors: Schweinzer K, Kofler L, Spott C, Krug M, Schulz C, Schnabl SM, Breuninger H, Häfner HM, Eberle FC

Rhinophyma is a deforming soft tissue hyperplasia of the nose and surgical removal represents the treatment of choice. Comprehensive data on surgical therapy and the impact of rhinophyma on patient quality of life are lacking. Patients who received surgery for rhinophyma between 2006 and 2015 were retrospectively evaluated for postoperative complications, clinical outcome, recurrence of rhinophyma, and the impact of rhinophyma on daily life. A total of 143 patients were treated with superficial tumour decortication by scalpel under tumescent anaesthesia. Outcomes were determined by clinical review, clinical files, and a patient questionnaire. Of 143 patients, 70 answered the questionnaire and were included in this study with a mean follow-up time of 54 months. Cosmetic results were evaluated as very good or good in 77% of patients. The majority of patients (87%) were very satisfied or satisfied with the postoperative result. Surgical treatment of rhinophyma improved patients' quality of life in 67% of patients. Recurrence of rhinophyma was detected in 38% of patients. Surgery is an effective therapy for rhinophyma with excellent outcome.

PMID: 28524054 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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