Nasal obstruction in Adults: How it affects psychological status?

Yildirim Y. S., DEVECİ E., Ozucer B., Kurt Y.

Journal of Laryngology and Otology, vol.138, no.2, pp.184-187, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 138 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/s0022215123001378
  • Journal Name: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.184-187
  • Keywords: anxiety, depression, nasal obstruction, Nose, personality
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: This study investigated the psychological status of patients with unilateral or bilateral complete nasal obstruction. Methods: The study included 49 consecutive cases of unilateral or bilateral complete nasal obstruction. To assess participants' personality traits, both groups completed the Personality Belief Questionnaire (PBQ), State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAIX Form), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI). Results: The groups were similar in terms of demographic characteristics. Patients with unilateral or bilateral complete nasal obstruction had higher scores on all the psychological assessments compared to the healthy controls, except for the BAI. Although all personality scores were higher in patients, the only differences that were statistically significant were in the dependent, antisocial and avoidant personality trait scores. Conclusions: The psychological conditions of patients with structural deformities that cause nasal obstruction may be affected, and appropriate treatment should be provided to improve their symptoms and quality of life.