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What this mean? ct scan there is a right sided concha bullosa involving the right middle turbinate. the nasal septum is midline.

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Normal variant: A concha bullosa means an aerated middle turbinate. This is a variation of normal nasal anatomy. Only if the concha bullosa is compressing the lateral wall of the nose is there the possibility of it obstructing the opening of the sinuses. By itself, it does not signify anything wrong. But you must have had a CAT scan for other reasons than just to tell us this information.
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Enlarged tissue: This refers to part of the nasal tissue being enlarged or swollen. Not dangerous. Talk to the doctor who ordered the CT, or an ENT physician if concerned.
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Concha bullosa: This is an air pocket in the middle turbinate. Turbinates warm and humidifies the air you breathe. This anatomical deviation along with turbinate enlargement can lead to sinus blockage. This can predispose to sinus infections.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Concha bullosa: The middle turbinate has a bony portion within. if it is pneumatised- with air in it as visualized on CT, it is a concha bullosa.

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