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Ozena

Definition

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

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

Ozena may develop after a long period of nasal swelling.

Ozena is also called atrophic rhinitis.

References

Joe S, Benson A. Nonallergic rhinitis. In: Cummings CW, Flint PW, Haughey BH, et al, eds. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2005:chap 43.


Review Date: 8/10/2009
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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