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Commentary
Jan 2012

The Nasal Valve DilemmaThe Narrow Straw vs the Weak Wall

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Dr Rhee); and Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill (Dr Kimbell).

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2012;14(1):9-10. doi:10.1001/archfacial.2011.1450

In its simplest anatomical definition, the nasal cavity may be viewed as a longitudinal set of cross-sectional area segments that act as resistors in series, with the overall resistance being dominated by a single flow-limiting region with the least cross-sectional area, ie, the narrowest segment of the “straw.” A great deal of attention has been placed on identification of this resistive segment. This is the region of the nasal valve—internal, external, and the area in between.

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