A simple method for olfactory rehabilitation following total laryngectomy
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CitationKesimli, M. C., Kaya, D., Aydemir, L., & Durmaz, H. Ö. (2021). A simple method for olfactory rehabilitation following total laryngectomy. European archives of oto-rhino-laryngology : official journal of the European Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (EUFOS) : affiliated with the German Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 10.1007/s00405-021-06711-x. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00405-021-06711-x
Purpose: The aim of the study is to demonstrate the effectiveness of spraying odor particles using sinus rinse kits for olfactory rehabilitation in patients with total laryngectomy. Methods: Olfactory rehabilitation was performed by applying four different odorant particles orthonasally using a sinus rinse kit pump for 30 min each day for a duration of 6 months. Olfactory function was evaluated by performing olfactory tests before the rehabilitation and at sixth month after the rehabilitation process. Results: The average CCCRC score prior to olfactory rehabilitation was 2.28 ± 0.79 (between 1.50 and 3.75), while it was 4.46 ± 0.5 (between 3.50 and 5.25) out of a maximum score of 7 after 6 months of olfactory rehabilitation (p value < 0.0001) CONCLUSION: Our results suggest that the use of sinus rinse kits is very simple, inexpensive, easy-to-use, and effective in providing passive olfaction to patients requiring olfactory rehabilitation.