Medical Definition of Empty nose syndrome

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Empty nose syndrome: a term that was coined in 1994 to refer to patients who have had surgery to remove all or part of the nasal turbinates (structures that attach to the side wall of those nose and filter and humidify the air). The affected patients are said to experience severe nasal dryness and crusting, as well as a feeling of obstruction in the nasal passages. The existence of this syndrome has remained controversial, however, because many patients experience significant relief after turbinate surgery.

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

REFERENCE: American Rhinologic Society. "Empty nose syndrome."

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