How do septal deviations and spurs cause epistaxis (nosebleed)?

Updated: May 08, 2020
  • Author: Quoc A Nguyen, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Septal deviations (deviated nasal septum) and spurs may disrupt the normal nasal airflow, leading to dryness and epistaxis. The bleeding sites are usually located anterior to the spurs in most patients. The edges of septal perforations frequently harbor crusting and are common sources of epistaxis.


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