Nasal Cavity Volume Increases With Age!

Presbynasalis

How does the volume of the nasal space change with age? - The effect of aging on nasal cavity volume - Alteration of the nasal volume with age - What does "presbynasalis" mean?
How does the volume of the nasal space change with age? - The effect of aging on nasal cavity volume - Alteration of the nasal volume with age - What does "presbynasalis" mean? / Image source : https://geriatricnursing.org/wp-content/uploads/

In a study published in The Laryngoscope, a reputable medical journal, it was emphasized that the volume of nasal cavity changes secondary to hormone changes and atrophy of the sinonasal mucosa during the aging process. In this study, the analysis of computed tomography (CT) examinations was performed for reasons other than sinonasal complaints. Intranasal volumes from three groups (20-30 years, 40-50 years and 70 years and older) were calculated using Vitrea software.

According to the study results, the average nasal volume increases with age. According to this, the mean nasal volume:

For 20-30 years = 15.73 mL,
For 40-50 years = 17.30 mL
For 70 years and older = 18.38 mL

According to the results of this study, the possibility of atrophicrinitis and empty nasal syndrome may increase due to the abnormal increase in the intranasal airway with age, especially in the patients whose nose meat is minimized.

The key words of this study are "presbynasalis". Used to decrease the nasal volume due to aging.

Do not misunderstand the increase of the cross-sectional air cross-sectional area in terms of air intake and excessive oxygen intake. There must be a certain amount of airway resistance inside our nose. The outside air, which multiplies the turbinates, is heated, purified, humidified and pressurized. In this way, this processed air reaches to the end airways of our lungs, the absorption of oxygen in it reaches its maximum. If the air taken from our nose, without turning to the Turbinate and without direct pressure to move towards your nasal passages, nose in the drying, crusting, feeling of air hunger or the feeling of the air taken from the nose may occur. In patients who have undergone too much or a reduced amount of turbinates, atrophic rhinitis and empty nasal syndrome may occur over time.

Study links:
  • http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/...
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27261245


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