Repair of Nasal Septal Perforation

The nasal septum is the structure between the nostrils that separates the nasal passages. The septum, composed of cartilage and thin bone, can develop a hole (perforation) in the cartilage as a complication of previous nasal surgery, from cocaine use, excessive nose picking, trauma, cancer, or diseases such as tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, or syphilis. As damage reduces blood supply in the septum, the cartilage begins to die, and a hole develops.

Symptoms

Symptoms

Some perforations can cause:

  • Bleeding
  • Pain
  • Whistling sound when inhaling

If dried blood or scabs build up, you could also have trouble breathing through your nose.

Treatment
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