Nasal Irrigation Apply in Patients After Transsphenoidal Pituitary Tumor Resection

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Zhejiang University




Pituitary Tumor


Behavioral: nasal irrigation

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


Transsphenoidal pituitary tumor resection is currently recognized as an effective and safe surgical method,nowadays it is widely used in clinical practice . However ,Because of the endoscopic damage to the nasal mucosa during surgery and the old blood clots in the nasal cavity , after surgery the patient had nasal symptoms such as nasal congestion and nasal flow for a long time, which disturbed the patient's rest and sleep, affect their quality of life, some patients can develop to chronic sinus inflammation that is sphenoid sinusitis. Nasal irrigation is now widely used in the treatment of sinusitis and sphenoid sinusitis with good result. In this study, nasal irrigation was applied in the nursing process of patients after transsphenoidal pituitary tumor resection, and we want to establish the nursing management process of nasal irrigation after transsphenoidal pituitary tumor resection and use the visual analogue scale (VAS) to evaluate the nasal symptoms of patients after postoperative nasal irrigation. Use The Chinese version of the commonly used nasosinusitis scale (SNOT -20) to evaluate postoperative quality of life of patients from the four dimensions of rhino-related symptoms, vitality, social function and emotional function, and to evaluate the incidence of sphenoid sinusitis by combining imaging examination. It is expected to improve the comfort of postoperative nasal symptoms and postoperative quality of life, prevent and reduce the incidence of postoperative sphenoid sinusitis, and improve the satisfaction of patients.

Full description

Eligible patients who were willing to participate in transsphenoidal pituitary tumor resection after informed consent were selected as the study subjects,Randomly divided into experimental group and control group. The experimental group apply the routine postoperative nursing process of transsphenoidal pituitary tumor plus nasal irrigation nursing process, the control group apply the routine postoperative nursing process of transsphenoidal pituitary tumor .After the removal of nasal gauze,we use visual analogue scale (VAS) to score and observe the clinical symptoms of nasal cavity in both groups. The patients were asked to mark out the score that could represent the severity of their symptoms for evaluation. The nurses filled in the form, and the nasal comfort was re-evaluated through face-to-face talks and telephone follow-up at two days ,1 week, 4 weeks and 12 weeks after the removal of the gauze.we will apply nasosinusitis scale (SNOT -20) to measure the quality of life of the patients in the two groups at the first day, 1 week, 4 weeks and 12 weeks after the removal of nasal strips .After 12 weeks of discharge, two groups of patients were hospitalized for reexamination with pituitary MRI or CT,to determine the incidence of postoperative sphenoid sinusitis.Patients were followed up and interviewed by telephone one week, four weeks and 12 weeks after discharge, were evaluate the incidence of complications such as nasal bleeding, cerebrospinal fluid leakage and intracranial infection.


262 estimated patients




15 to 74 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Patients after transsphenoidal pituitary tumor resection
  • Patients who can cooperate with nasal irrigation, scoring and informed consent

Exclusion criteria

  • Patients with incomplete clinical data
  • Patients with cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea during and after surgery (patients with cerebrospinal fluid leakage under intraoperative endoscopic observation and cerebrospinal fluid leakage when postoperative posture changes)
  • patients with sphenoid sinusitis before transsphenoidal pituitary tumor resection
  • Patients who cannot cooperate with the investigation

Trial design

Primary purpose

Supportive Care



Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Single Blind

262 participants in 2 patient groups

experiment group
Experimental group
nasal irrigation after transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary tumor
Behavioral: nasal irrigation
matched group
No Intervention group
without nasal irrigation after transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary tumor

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Wang Wei, Bachelor

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