Internal structure plays a significant role in controlling airflow behavior through a nasal passageway. In cases of hypertrophy, swelling of membranes due to chronic sinusitis or allergy, or deviated septum, the anatomical nasal structures known as turbinates are considered to over-restrict airflow. Turbinectomy is a commonly performed surgical procedure that removes or reduces turbinate bulk, opening up the passages. In practice, this surgery enables patients to breathe more comfortably without relying on medications developed to relieve nasal congestion. However, there has been little investigation into fluid dynamic changes caused by this procedure.

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