You will be asked about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on the nose. This is enough to make the diagnosis.
People who do not have symptoms may not need to be treated. Others may need surgery. This is called a
septoplasty. The goal of surgery is to ease breathing by centering the septum between the two nostrils.
Rhinoplasty may also be done to reshape the nose at the same time. Together the two surgeries are called septorhinoplasty.
Wearing protective headgear when playing contact sports may lower the risk of trauma.
Septal deviation and perforation. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/ear,-nose,-and-throat-disorders/nose-and-paranasal-sinus-disorders/septal-deviation-and-perforation. Accessed August 13, 2020.
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