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Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 1986 Apr;11(2):103-7.

Septal deviation in newborn infants.


Authors report an experiment performed in a randomized group of newborns to evaluate the frequency of post-partum septal deviations. A number of 423 subjects out of 1142 have been examined in a 17-month period. Newborns have been examined with an otoscope and two different kinds of nasal lesions have been considered: (1) pyramid deformation with septum dislocation and columella deviation; (2) deviation and subluxation of the septum. A number of 315 newborns were naturally delivered and 108 by cesarean section. In the former group, 10 pyramid deformations and 12 septal deviations have been found; in the latter, only septal deviations have been revealed (5 infants). Pyramid deformations may be related to delivery(labor)trauma while for septal deviations a developmental defect may be postulated.

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