Nasal Septal Deviations: How and Why
Deviated septums are common in many people. For most, the deviation is natural – an anatomical anomaly with no particular origin in disease or injury.
But for millions more, a deviated septum can arise after a traumatic event such as a collision. This article covers just such a case, about an adult whose childhood football injury resulted in impaired breathing on the right side of his nose:
He stated that, perhaps 10 years ago, he collided hard with a friend while playing football in his backyard, resulting in a brisk nosebleed and bruising over his nose. After the nosebleed stopped, the patient noted that he had some trouble with getting enough air through his right nostril. He thought that the nasal obstruction would recover spontaneously, but the symptom has persisted.
Written for professionals, the article explores several diagnostic and treatment protocols, designed to elicit an effective surgical response from sinus surgeons such as myself. For patient it is a nice window into the various considerations we must make with regard to health, history and prognosis.
If you have a deviated septum and want the safest care possible, contact your LA sinus surgeon today.