Empty nose syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Dalia Ibrahim


The patient had history of prior nasal surgery, now he complains of nasal obstruction & shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 35 year old
Gender: Male

Widely patent nasal cavities showing gross tissue loss & evidence of radical turbinate reductive surgey with only vestiges of turbinates have been preserved.

Bilateral partial ethmoidectomy.

Case Discussion

Empty nose syndrome is a complication caused by aggressive turbinate reductive surgery.

The patient usually complains of sensation of nasal obstruction, shortness of breath and nasal dryness.

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Case information

rID: 29845
Published: 26th Jun 2014
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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