A deviated nasal septum may need to be surgically corrected if certain clinical findings are present. An asymptomatic deviation usually requires no treatment.


Reasons for a deviated nasal septum:

(1) congenital deformity

(2) trauma

(3) other causes


Indications for surgical correction:

(1) significant problems with cosmesis (which is affected by the person's age, gender and occupation)

(2) frequent and recurrent episodes of sinusitis

(3) severe, longstanding symptoms of nasal obstruction

(4) frequent and recurrent episodes of epistaxis

(5) in combination with other structural lesions



• Severe nasal obstruction may limit the patient to mouth breathing.


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