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Should there be gristle coming from my nostril following septoplasty and turbinate reduction?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Scab YES: Gristle NO: It is normal to have dried clots and scabs coming from the nsoe after surgery but gristle or cartilage is not normal. You should discuss the character of the discharge with your surgeon.
Dr. Jeremy White
Surgery - Plastics 17 years experience
Scabs / dry blood: It is not uncommon to have scabs / dry blood inside your nose after intranasal procedures. Speak with your surgeon if you have specific concerns that you feel need to be looked at.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Gristle?: After nasal surgery, there can be bloody discharge, crusts and eschars. Have your surgeon evaluate your nose at the next postop visit. You may require debridement.

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Last updated Nov 21, 2014

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