Abstract:A case of atrophic rhinitis complicated by nasal septum perforation is presented, followed by a discussion of the clinical characteristics, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of this disease process. Clinical pearls and pitfalls are emphasized for the use of the practicing allergist and fellow in-training. The diagnosis of atrophic rhinitis is guided by a careful clinical history and evaluation to exclude other possible etiologies for the patient's symptoms and physical findings. Because atrophic rhinitis is a poorly understood process, it is surrounded by considerable contention in the literature and its management is not well defined. Atrophic rhinitis often carries significant morbidity and is best addressed by a multidisciplinary approach.
Keywords: Atrophic rhinitis; Klebsiella ozaenae; atrophic rhinosinusitis; empty nose syndrome; nasal septum perforation; nonallergic rhinitis; nonallergic rhinosinusitis; ozena; rhinitis sicca; rhinosinusitis
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2013-03-01
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