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Total necrosis of the intranasal structures and soft palate as a result of nasal inhalation of crushed OxyContin

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August 1, 2005
by David Greene, MD, FACS
Nasal inhalation of substances such as cocaine has long been linked to septal necrosis and more recently to palatal perforation. This report describes the case of a 37-year-old man who was addicted to crushed OxyContin (sustained-release oxycodone HCl) tablets and who presented with total necrosis of the septum, sinuses, and soft palate. To the best of the author's knowledge, this is the first reported case of nasal and palatal necrosis linked to nasal inhalation of crushed OxyContin, which is a relatively new form of drug abuse. The pathophysiology of drug-induced sinonasal disease and a review of the literature are also presented.

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