Case Studies in the Surgical Management of Nasal Airway Obstruction

Adam M. Becker, Stilianos E. Kountakis

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Nasal obstruction is one of the most common complaints evaluated by the otolaryngologist. The differential diagnosis is broad, ranging from benign reversible causes to life-threatening diseases. In addition, patients may suffer from a combination of etiologies, further confusing the diagnosis. Surgical management is directed at the underlying origin of obstruction. The clinician therefore must use a careful history and physical examination as well as appropriate sinonasal imaging in accurately identifying the causes of nasal obstruction. To further illustrate these principles, we present two interesting cases of patients presenting with nasal obstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-404
Number of pages6
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009


  • Encephalocele
  • Epistaxis
  • Nasal
  • Nasal mass
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Pleomorphic adenoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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