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December 1973

Saddle Nose: Its Correction After Extensive Septal Cartilage Removal

Author Affiliations

San Mateo, Calif
From the Division of Otolaryngology and Hearing and Speech Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, Calif.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1973;98(6):391-392. doi:10.1001/archotol.1973.00780020405011

Experience with a group of patients with saddle nose due to previous extensive septal cartilage removal is reported. The technique involves removal and light crushing of the entire lower lateral cartilages bilaterally and inserting them as a free graft to fill the defect.

The method employed lends itself to secondary procedures where scarring and rigidity of the skin prevents the probability of alar collapse but requires the careful selection of candidates. A typical case, with one-year postsurgical follow-up, is presented.

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