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Deviated Nasal Septum

Deviated nasal septum

The nasal septum is the wall between the nostrils that separates the nasal passages. The septum is made of cartilage and thin bone. If the nasal septum is crooked, it is called a deviated nasal septum. A deviated septum may be caused by injury or surgery to the nose.

A deviated nasal septum may not cause symptoms. When present, symptoms may include a crooked nose, trouble breathing through the nose (especially on one side), or a runny nose.

Current as of: April 15, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Donald R. Mintz MD - Otolaryngology