The deviation of the nasal septum and its causes
The nasal septum is an area of bone and cartilaginous tissue that divides the nasal cavity into two parts. In the case of curvature, its position shifts from the middle line to one side. There are physiological, traumatic, and compensatory causes of the nasal septum deviation.
Physiological features. They include the uneven growth of bone and cartilage tissue which occurs
simultaneously with the development of the whole body. In such cases, the nasal septum is shifted to the
side along with the formation of prominences (crests, thorns).
Traumatic factors. This reason is less common and is mostly observed in athletes. Sometimes the
septum deviation may appear after falls and injuries. If the septum is curved as a result of trauma or fracture, various complications may arise. Even in the case of minor injuries, especially those occurred in childhood, the development of bone-cartilaginous tissue of the nose is impaired that can cause the deviation of the nasal septum
Compensatory causes. This situation includes the presence of a foreign body and polyps in the nasal cavity as well as adenoids and other formations. Also, it includes vasomotor rhinitis manifested by swelling of the nasal mucosa.
After septoplasty, a patient will experience minor discomfort due to partial blocking of the airways;
swelling and irritation also occur. These symptoms will resolve in a few days. In rare cases, bleeding,
inflammation, change or loss of sense of smell are possible.
However, the ten-year experience of physicians at GRACE, the use of high-quality technologies and
medications and careful approach at GRACE to the safety minimise the incidence of the above-listed