Deviated Septum - The septum is a narrow structure of cartilage and bone, lined with mucosal tissue like the turbinates, that forms the dividing wall between the right and left nasal airways. Deviated septum is the diagnosis when the septum is out of place, either from birth, or because of injury; this causes narrowing of one airway. In some cases the septum can curve in an 'S' shape that restricts both sides of the airway in different spots. This disruption in air flow can trigger swelling in other parts of the nasal passages, including the nasal turbinates.
In order to diagnose a deviated septum, the doctor will perform a thorough physical examination of your nose and airway, and a discussion of your symptoms and level of discomfort. The exam could include an endoscopic study, in which a tiny camera is inserted into your airway through the nostril to offer a clear, close-up inspection of the affected area. In cases of persistent, severe disruption of the airway, the doctor may recommend a surgical procedure called septoplasty, to straighten the septum and allow unrestricted flow of air through your nasal passages. Learn more about treatment options for nasal congestion here.
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