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A 23-year-old female asked:

Could the nasal conchae also be termed the nasal meatus? what's the difference in conchae and meatus?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 34 years experience
Nasal/sinus anatomy: The conchae are also called turbinates- scrolls of erectile tissue and thin bone that can enlarge from allergy, inflammation, etc. There are 3-4 on each side of the nose. The meatus is a space where sinuses drain; there are 3 of those. The shape of the conchae plus other nearby structures contribute to determine the shape and area of each meatus. All are important in sinus drainage and airflow.

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