An unusual presentation of a nasal septal abscess

J Laryngol Otol. 1998 Aug;112(8):775-6. doi: 10.1017/s0022215100141659.


Nasal septal abscess is a rare complication of septal haematoma. Nasal obstruction and, less frequently, pain are the usual presenting features. We report a case of a nasal septal abscess in a 21-year-old female patient who developed a naso-oral fistula. To our knowledge this is the first report of such an unusual presentation of a septal abscess. The aetiology, pathogenesis and management of septal abscesses are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / complications*
  • Abscess / surgery
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Fistula / etiology*
  • Fistula / surgery
  • Humans
  • Nasal Septum*
  • Nose / injuries
  • Nose Diseases / etiology*
  • Nose Diseases / surgery
  • Oral Fistula / etiology*
  • Oral Fistula / surgery
  • Streptococcal Infections / complications*
  • Streptococcal Infections / surgery
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications