How to Approach Nasal Septal Deviations

Gordon H. Sun, MD, MS

December 21, 2015

Case: Discomfort and Nosebleeds

A 39-year-old paralegal visited her family physician for ongoing left-sided nasal obstruction with occasional soreness of the nose and cheeks and rare, mild nosebleeds. The patient previously attempted a 1-month course of intranasal corticosteroid and isotonic saline sprays, with minimal improvement in symptoms. She was a nonsmoker, rarely drank alcohol, did not use illicit drugs, and had no known drug allergies. She had a previously diagnosed left-sided septal deviation.

At the latest visit, the patient expressed interest in surgical intervention for her symptoms.

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