Korean J Otolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2005 May;48(5):624-629.

Correction of Caudal Septal Deformity via Open Approach

  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. kwilly@medimail.co.kr


Caudal septal deformities are surgically challenging disorders. A number of corrective programs have been described with variable success. Causes of frequent failure in correction of the caudal deformities have been conservatism and unrealistic dependence on incisional method such as cross hatching, and limited comprehension of the extrinsic and intrinsic forces causing caudal deformities. We reviewed and evaluated the surgical techniques for correction of the caudal septal deformities performed at our institution. SUBJECTS AND METHOD: A retrospective study was performed on 24 patients who underwent septal surgeries for severe caudal septal deformities between Feb 2001 to May 2004. With open approach, all deforming forces around the caudal septum were released and definite intraoperative correction was possible. RESULTS: All 24 patients showed definite improvement in terms of functional and anesthetic outcomes. Potential complications related with structural instability as well as other inherent complications of nasal surgery have not been encountered. CONCLUSION: For successful correction of the caudal septal deformities, completed exposure and releasing all the extrinsic forces around the caudal deformities via open rhinoplasty approach is desirable to avoid frequent recurrences.


Nasal septal deviation; Septoplasty; Rhinoplasty
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