An abscess of the nasal septum can progress rapidly to become a potenitally life-threatening condition.
Location: within the nasal septum
(1) nasal septal hematoma
(2) ulceration or penetrating trauma of the nasal mucosa
The nasal septum will be swollen and show signs of inflammation including pain and erythema. A Gram stain of drainage or of an aspirate will show neutrophils and bacteria.
(2) intracranial abscess
(3) orbital cellulitis
(4) cavernous sinus thrombosis
(1) Wegener’s granulomatosis
(4) deep fungal infection
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Specialty: Infectious Diseases, Pulmonology