Etiology and treatment of nasal septum deviation in newborn infants: literature review [Abstract in English]

Luthiana Frick Carpes, Humberto Holmer Fiori

Abstract


Aims: To describe and discuss the etiology and treatment of neonatal septum deviation
Source of data: Review of articles specialized in the issue, found in PubMed.
Summary of the findings: Nasal obstruction in newborn infants is a risk situation because they are obligatory nasal breathers. The nasal septum deviation is described in this population and can be related to intrauterine or delivery trauma. Its incidence cannot be determinated through the available studies, because the results are too diverse. Although there are some cases of spontaneous resolution, early intervention is defended by the majority of authors.
Conclusions: Since oral respiration is not possible in newborn infants, in cases of obstructed nasal septum deviation symptoms will begin during the first hours of life. In these cases, a careful examination of the nose should be done promptly, preferably with an endoscope. If the deformity is found, and it is symptomatic, it should be repaired as soon as possible.
KEY WORDS: NASAL SEPTUM/abnormalities; NASAL SEPTUM/ injuries; NASAL OBSTRUCTION; ENDOSCOPY; INFANT, NEWBORN; REVIEW LITERATURE AS TOPIC.



This journal is a member of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) and follow the principles recommended by this international reference organization on integrity and ethics in scientific publication.

Licença Creative Commons
Except where otherwise noted, the material published in this journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original publication is properly cited.
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

 
 Member of OASPA

Copyright: © 2006-2019 EDIPUCRS