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A 36-year-old member asked:

How does a deviated septum affect the sinus enough to justify surgery?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Good question: Rhino-sinusitis is a viral/bacterial or rarely a fungal infection of the paranasal sinuses caused by obstruction of the very narrow entrances to the sinus cavities from the nose. As such, a deviated septum would have to be so severe as to obstruct those openings. However, your surgeon may opt to correct such a deviated septum, if access to the sinuses is obstructed by the septum.
Last updated Jun 20, 2012
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