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Deviated Septum

Deviated Septum


A deviated septum is a common structural issue affecting the nose. It occurs when the thin wall of cartilage and the nasal septum are displaced to one side, making one nasal passage smaller than the other.


Most people have some degree of septal deviation, but only a small number of people experience symptoms. Symptoms of a deviated septum can include:

  • Nasal congestion

  • Difficulty breathing through the nose

  • Frequent nosebleeds

  • Facial pain or pressure

  • Sinus infections

  • Headaches

  • Postnasal drip

  • Loud snoring

If you have symptoms of a deviated septum, you should see a doctor or ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist. The doctor will examine your nose and may order imaging tests, such as a CT scan, to get a better view of the septum.


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This condition can be congenital (present at birth) or develop as a result of injury or trauma to the nose.


Additionally, a deviated septum can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Enlarged turbinates (the bony structures inside the nose that help to warm and humidify the air)

  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever), learn more here

  • Chronic sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses)


If your deviated septum is causing severe symptoms, surgery (septoplasty, learn more here) may be an option. Septoplasty is a procedure to straighten and reposition the nasal septum. It is an outpatient procedure that is typically performed under general anesthesia.

After septoplasty, most people experience a significant improvement in their symptoms. However, it is important to note that surgery may not completely resolve all symptoms, especially if other nasal or sinus conditions are present.

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