A deviated septum occurs when the thin wall between your nasal passages is somewhat off-center. Known as the nasal septum, this wall is made up of cartilage and bone and is responsible for supporting respiratory mucosa and the external nose, as well as regulating airflow. Very few people have a perfectly straight nasal septum. Most are irregular in thickness and shape.

Deviated Septum Symptoms & Causes

Minor imperfections in the nasal septum usually do not cause problems; however, more severe deformities can impair breathing or contribute to sinusitis. In most cases, people do not remember the cause of the trauma as the nose does not have to be broken for the septum to sustain injury.

Diagnosis & Treatment

The deviated septum treatment plan recommended by our physicians will depend on the severity of the problem. A deviated nasal septum is often the result of trauma and may require a septoplasty.