Vasomotor rhinitis following trauma to the nose

Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1999 Feb;108(2):208-10. doi: 10.1177/000348949910800219.


Complaints of nasal obstruction following nasal trauma without any deformation have been noticed by rhinologists for many years. However, neither an epidemiologic nor a pathophysiologic connection has ever been established. The complaints and physical examination findings of these patients resemble those of vasomotor rhinitis. Only very few articles suggesting nasal trauma as a possible cause for vasomotor rhinitis have ever been published. We present a retrospective study that found 87 of 802 patients to suffer from vasomotor rhinitis following nasal trauma. No other factors known to cause vasomotor rhinitis were present in these patients. None had any previous nasal problems. We therefore suggest that nasal trauma was the causative factor in their vasomotor rhinitis.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Nose / injuries*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Rhinitis, Vasomotor / epidemiology
  • Rhinitis, Vasomotor / etiology*
  • Time Factors