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Nasal Airway Obstruction: Maximizing the Yield of the Clinical Exam

In this presentation, Dr. Grant Gillman discusses nasal airway obstruction and how to enhance examination to get the most information possible, to facilitate the best possible decisions preoperatively and postoperatively.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the more common sites of failure in nasal septoplasty surgery and how to better evaluate those areas preoperatively
  • Discuss the anatomic distinctions between the internal and external nasal valve
  • Clinically identify the patient in whom there is a more complex septal deformity and/or concomitant internal or external nasal valve collapse

Reading Resources:

  1. Revision septoplasty: A prospective disease-specific outcome study Laryngoscope 2014 June;124(6):1290-5 Gillman GS, Egloff AM, Rivera-Serrano CM
  2. Functional rhinoplasty: Treatment of the dysfunctional nasal sidewall Facial Plast Surgery 2006 February;22(1):49-54 Ballert JA, Park SS
  3. Development and validation of the Nasal Obstruction Symptom Evaluation (NOSE) scale Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2004 Feb;130(2):157-163 Stewart MG, Witsell DL, Smith TL et al


Dr. Gillman has reported no relevant relationships with proprietary entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.125) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1.25 contact hour.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at http://ccehs.upmc.edu and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 2/7/2017 | Last Modified On: 2/7/2017 | Expires: 2/7/2018



Grant Gillman, MD

Grant Gillman, MD Dr. Grant Gillman is an associate professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
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