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No treatment is necessary if there are minimal clinical features and there is only a minor degree of deviation.

Treatment options include:

  • submucosal resection
  • septoplasty - the treatment of choice in children, or when combined with rhinoplasty, or when there is dislocation of the caudal end of the septal cartilage

Septal surgery may be complicated by:

  • post-operative haemorrhage
  • septal haematoma
  • septal perforation
  • external deformity - due to the excessive removal of septal cartilage
  • anosmia - rarely

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