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December 1947


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Laryngology, Rhinology and Otology, University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1947;46(6):796-800. doi:10.1001/archotol.1947.00690020813008

ACUTE abscess of the nasal septum is most frequently observed as a result of trauma inflicted on the septum from within or from outside the nose, including improper operative treatment of the septum or of some other part of the nasal cavity. Rarely it is seen as a complication of infectious periodontitis traveling through the incisor foramen.

In contrast to the well known acute abscess of the septum, chronic abscess of the septum is not mentioned in the literature except as a rare occurrence associated with rhinoliths.1

This case report concerns a well nourished 36 year old white man. He began to suffer from nasal obstruction, especially on the right side, during January 1945. When a child he fell from an ice wagon, striking the streetcar tracksand splitting the left side of his forehead. As a result of this accident, he has a deep scar extending from the left side