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The nasal septum: An osteometric study of 16 cadaver specimens

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August 1, 2009
by Latha Venkatraya Prabhu, MBBS, MS, Anu Vinod Ranade, MSc, PhD, Rajalakshmi Rai, MSc, Mangala M. Pai, MBBS, MD, Arunachalam Kumar, MBBS, MS, Prakash Sinha, MBBS, MD, and Soubhagya Ranjan Nayak, MSc


Studies of the shape, dimensions, and other morphologic characteristics of the nasal septum are scant in the literature. We conducted a study of 16 male cadavers to measure six osseous components of the nasal septum and to calculate the proportional contribution that each made to the total septal bone surface area. We found a wide range of inter-specimen variations in both categories. It is our hope that a better understanding of nasoseptal anatomy will improve surgical technique.

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