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The partition between the nasal cavities is called the nasal septum. It's made up of cartilage and bone. If the septum is crooked and causing obstruction, it is called a deviated septum.
A person who has a deviated nasal septum often has no
symptoms or may have a crooked nose, problems breathing well through the nose
(especially on one side), and a runny nose.
A deviated nasal
septum may be caused by injury or surgery to the nose.
A person who has a deviated nasal septum
that is not treated may have recurrent nosebleeds and recurrent nasal or sinus
infections. If needed, treatment may include medicine to treat a runny nose
or infection, or surgery to correct the deviation.
Current as of:
September 20, 2016
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Charles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology
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