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Deviated Nasal Septum

Deviated Nasal Septum

Picture of deviated nasal septum

The nasal septum is the wall between the nostrils that separates the nasal passages. The septum is made of cartilage and thin bone. If the nasal septum is crooked, it is called a deviated nasal septum. A deviated septum may be caused by injury or surgery to the nose.

A deviated nasal septum may not cause symptoms. When present, symptoms may include a crooked nose, trouble breathing through the nose (especially on one side), or a runny nose.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
Last Revised November 7, 2011

Last Revised: November 7, 2011

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology

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