Ozena

Definition

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

Ozena is also called atrophic rhinitis.

Symptoms

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

Ozena may develop after a long period of nasal swelling.

References

Corren J. Allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis. In: O'Hehir RE, Holgate ST, Sheikh A, eds. Middleton's Allergy Essentials. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 8.

Yan CH, Hwang PH. Nonallergic rhinitis. In: Flint PW, Francis HW, Haughey BH, et al, eds. Cummings Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 39.


Review Date: 8/31/2021
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