A recent article about ENS was published in People magazine: Texas Mother Suffers from Rare Empty Nose Syndrome: It’s ‘As If Your Lungs Aren’t Big Enough To Fit a Breath of Air’ .
This article featured Heather Schwan who had a balloon sinuplasty, a septoplasty and a turbinate reduction, and soon afterward started experiencing a sensation of suffocation.
Rhinologist Dr. Subinoy Das was interviewed for the article and explained that ENS is caused by damage to the nasal turbinates, saying that he estimates it is a complication occurring in 1 in 1000 turbinate surgeries.
The new ENS outcome Questionnaire, the ENS6Q, developed at Stanford University with Dr. Jayakar Nayak is one diagnostic “breakthrough” discussed in the article. Another “breakthrough” noted is the research from Ohio State University showing distorted nasal airflow and damage to turbinate nerves.
Heather saw some improvement following treatment with Dr. Das and no longer feels as though she is suffocating all the time, although she still thinks about breathing.
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