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DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1064461
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Complications of Septal Surgery

Jan-A. Schwab, Wolfgang Pirsig
  • Universitäts Hals-, Nasen-, Ohrenklinik der Universität Ulm, Ulm, Germany
  • Universitäts Hals-, Nasen-, Ohrenklinik der Universität Ulm, Prittwitzstr. 43, D-89075 Ulm, Germany
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Publication Date:
02 June 2008 (online)


Complications associated with submucous septal resection or septoplasty may originate in incorrect indication and diagnosis because of wrong or incomplete analysis and interpretation of the anatomical structures of the nose and nasal function tests. Complications can arise from technical failures during the procedures of septal surgery from the incision to the reconstruction of the septum. Early and late complications can be caused by infections in the postoperative period involving only the midfacial region or the whole body. Postoperative and late complications may also arise from damage to the septal soft and hard tissues. Although septal surgery complications may interfere with nasal function, cosmesis, and general health, prospective studies with subjective and objective data are extremely rare.