Can a Kenalog Injection into the Nose Lead to Cartilage Atrophy?

Can 0.2 ml of kenalog 20 injected 6 months after rhinoplasty dissolve cartilage? Thanks

Doctor Answers (3)

Kenaolog is unlikely to cause atrophy of cartilage

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I did a medline search looking for cause and effect of intralesional kenalog and complications induced in cartilage.  I was unable to find even a single case report noting this association.  I was able to find literature on decreased cartilage matrix degradation if short-term systemic steroids are used to decrease the inflammatory process induced by injury.  I have included a link for you on this.  So, to answer your question I would say no, particularly if the injection was performed to shut down inflammation.  Also, 0.2 ml at 20 units/cc, is a total of 4 units of Kenalog, which is not a large dose.  I hope this helps!

Las Vegas Dermatologist
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Kenalog injection after rhinoplasty

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Kenalog may cause dermal atrophy (thinning of the skin), but it will not affect the cartilage.  

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Kenalog injection into nose should not dissolve cartilage

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Kenalog injections are not injected into the cartilage.  They are injected into the dermis.  Depending upon the concentration that is used, dermal atrophy can occur, so we always use a very light concentration of cortisone to dissolve scar tissue and prevent fluid buildup in the first few months after the surgery.  A cortisone shot does not dissolve cartilage and works best only within the first few months after surgery, not years after.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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