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Hematoma of the Nasal Septum

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

A hematoma is a collection of blood that occurs in tissue that separates 2 similar structures. A hematoma of the nasal septum refers to blood in the wall separating the 2 nostrils of the nose.

What is going on in the body?

Septal hematoma of the nose is a swelling or collection of blood, usually clotted blood, that occurs in the wall that separates the nostrils. It can be the result of trauma, bleeding disorders, disease, or drug use.

What are the causes and risks of the disease?

Most hematomas of the nasal septum occur as a result of trauma from being punched or hit in the nose. Other causes include:

  • collagen vascular diseases, which are disorders that cause weak arteries and thus easy bleeding
  • excessive nose picking
  • harsh nose blowing
  • medications that are used as anticoagulants, making blood less likely to clot
  • history of drug use where the drug is "snorted" through the nose
  • tumors


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    Hematoma of the Nasal Septum: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/05/01

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