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Can disease cause a hole in your nasal septum?

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Some rare diseases, such as tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, syphilis, and Wegener’s granulomatosis, can cause a hole to form in your septum. A nasal tear may also result from a type of breast cancer treatment called bevacizumab plus chemotherapy.

SOURCES:

American Rhinologic Society: “Nasal Endoscopy,” “Septoplasty & Turbinate Surgery,” “Epistaxis (Nosebleeds).”

Merck Manual: “Septal Deviation and Perforation.”

Mailliez, A. September 2010. British Journal of Cancer,

Mullace, M. August 2006 Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica,

Pedroza, F. , January 2007. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery

Ribeiro, J. Sept-Oct 2007. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery,

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 04, 2018

SOURCES:

American Rhinologic Society: “Nasal Endoscopy,” “Septoplasty & Turbinate Surgery,” “Epistaxis (Nosebleeds).”

Merck Manual: “Septal Deviation and Perforation.”

Mailliez, A. September 2010. British Journal of Cancer,

Mullace, M. August 2006 Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica,

Pedroza, F. , January 2007. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery

Ribeiro, J. Sept-Oct 2007. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery,

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 04, 2018

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Are there treatments other than surgery for a nasal septum hole or tear?

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