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Clinical Challenges
June 1999

A Conservative Role for Septoplasty in Young Children

Author Affiliations
 

H. CALHOUNKARENMDB. KUPPERSMITHRONALDMD

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1999;125(6):702-703. doi:10.1001/archotol.125.6.702

MANNING has presented a contemporary, unbiased review of the controversy surrounding the management of a young child with a severely deviated septum and airway obstruction. I concur with his view that nasal airway obstruction substantial enough to require septoplasty in a 3-year-old is a relatively rare occurrence. I would add that a young child with substantial upper airway obstruction who has a nasal septal deviation should be thoroughly examined for other potential sources of obstruction (ie, hypertrophied adenoids) prior to undergoing septoplasty.

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