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Ozena

Definition

Ozena is a disease of the nose in which the bony ridges and mucous membranes of the nose waste away.

Ozena is also called atrophic rhinitis.

Symptoms

Nasal crusting, discharge, and a very bad smell are other usual symptoms of ozena.

Ozena may develop after a long period of nasal swelling.

References

Joe SA, Patel S. Nonallergic rhinitis. In: Flint PW, Haughey BH, Lund VJ, Niparko JK, Richardson MA, Robbins KT, Thomas JR, eds. Cummings Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2010:chap 46.


Review Date: 8/11/2013
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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