A 47-year-old member asked:
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how to tell if i have a deviated septum or vpi?

3 doctor answers
Dr. Farhad Sigari
20 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Different Symptoms: Deviated septum will cause nasal obstruction and difficulty breathing on side or the other or maybe both. Vpi is causes too much air to go throuth the nose (you might even get some food or fluid go into your nose when you eat or drink). An ENT will be able to quickly tell you which one you have if the above doesnt help.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Suzanne Galli
24 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Deviated septum/vpi: This can only be differentiated by physical examination. Be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.
Answered on Nov 3, 2014
Dr. Jonathan Owens
34 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
See an ENT: A deviated septum is typically evaluated by nasal examination, as it is usually apparent if the septum is off of the midline to one side or the other. VPI, when severe, is a diagnosis that can be made listening to patient's speech. If less severe, evaluating the palate motion and nasopharyngeal closure with an endoscope can be helfpul. See an ENT for both questions.
Answered on Nov 5, 2014

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