The thin wall between the nostrils is made of cartilage and bone and is called the septum. When this is off-center or crooked, it is called a deviated septum. A deviated septum may be present at birth, may become crooked during growth, or may be caused by injury to the injury and face. Nasal bones are the most commonly fractured bones in the face, and fractured nasal bones are a leading cause of an asymmetric nose. Neglected or partially reduced nasal fractures usually result in a crooked nose associated with surface depressions and irregularities. These patients often present without prior medical attention, and many recount a history of progressive nasal changes following a treatment.
HOW IS CROOKED NOSE DIAGNOSED?
An ENT surgeon diagnoses a crooked nose during the physical examination. Usually, a bright light and an instrument that help visualize the nasal septum by opening the nostril will help make the correct diagnosis. Some deviations are deep in the nose and may require further evaluation with a telescope or endoscope.
HOW IS CROOKED NOSE TREATED?
The most common way to correct a crooked nose is to opt for rhinoplasty which is a surgical correction that involves the surgeon to take in to account a variety of aspects such as balance, proportion and symmetry along with correction of nasal function.
DID YOU KNOW?
The structural deformities of the nose can cause nasal obstruction. Although, the focus might be on correcting the appearance of the nose, it is important that the Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) surgeon works closely at correcting the nasal obstruction.