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What is a perforated nasal septum?

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Your septum divides your left nostril from your right. And it runs all the way up the inside of your nose. It’s made of cartilage in the front and bone in the back.

If it’s perforated, that means you have a hole through part of it. It opens a path from one side of your nose to the other.

A perforated septum doesn’t always cause any symptoms, but they can include nosebleeds, trouble breathing, and the feeling that your nose is blocked up. You might make a whistling sound as you breathe.

SOURCES:

Massachusetts Eye and Ear: “Septal Perforation.”

American Rhinologic Society: “Nasal Anatomy.”

Medscape: “Nasal Septal Button Placement.”

Merck Manual, Professional Version: “Septal Deviation and Perforation.”

Aesthetic Surgery Journal : “Diagnosing and Treating Nasal Septal Perforations.”

Eric Holbrook, MD, director, Division of Rhinology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear; associate professor of otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2018

SOURCES:

Massachusetts Eye and Ear: “Septal Perforation.”

American Rhinologic Society: “Nasal Anatomy.”

Medscape: “Nasal Septal Button Placement.”

Merck Manual, Professional Version: “Septal Deviation and Perforation.”

Aesthetic Surgery Journal : “Diagnosing and Treating Nasal Septal Perforations.”

Eric Holbrook, MD, director, Division of Rhinology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear; associate professor of otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2018

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