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March 29, 1884


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Lecturer on Minor and Orthopedic Surgery in the Medical Department of Western Reserve University, Cleveland, O.

JAMA. 1884;II(13):341-342. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390370005001a

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A case of displaced nasal septum successfully operated has seemed of sufficient interest to be reported. The patient, aged 23, had, when a boy, fallen, striking his face upon a beam. His teeth were loosened and his nose badly injured. When I saw him, some months since, the right nostril was wholly closed by the septum being pushed over to that side, so that no air was inspired through that nostril. Both the cartilagnious and anterior portion of the bony septum were thus displaced.

Rhinoscopic examination showed the posterior nares to be in a normal condition. The septum was firmly fixed in its displaced position, so that it could not be forced back by the thumb pressing firmly upon it.

The same injury which had displaced the septum to the right had displaced the extremity of the nose to the left, so much so as to disfigure the face. The

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