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Table 3 Functional impairments prior to chemoradiation treatment

From: Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) combined with concurrent but not adjuvant chemotherapy in primary nasopharyngeal cancer – a retrospective single center analysis

Functional impairment n %
middle ear effusion 22 45
hearing loss 18 37
t-tube placement 13 27
CN impairment (III, IV, VI)* 9 18
CN impairment (other) 9 18
nasal obstruction 7 14
headache 5 10
impaired vision° 4 8
epistaxis 4 8
dysphagia 3 6
tinnitus 2 4
impaired smell 2 4
impaired taste 2 4
  1. CN: cranial nerve, *: including symptoms caused by impairment of the corresponding muscles, °: other than impairment of motility (see CN impairment), t-tube : inserted into tympanic membrane to restore ventilation in case of middle ear effusion.