What is a deviated septum?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

By: Diane Mayland, MD

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We often see patients who come in with difficulty breathing through their nose. In many cases we find they have a septal deviation. The septum is a wall in the center of our nose that divides the right and left side. It is made up of cartilage and bone. When it is crooked inside the nose, we call it deviated. A deviated septum can block one or both sides of the nose. It can become deviated through normal growth or it can be damaged from trauma.



If we determine a patient's septum is deviated to the point it is causing blockage, then surgery may be recommended. There are other reasons that people feel blockage to breathing through their nose so we would need to exam them to figure out the cause. Click here to request an appointment with a BayCare Clinic Ear, Nose & Throat provider.

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