Deviated Septum

What is a deviated septum?

A deviated septum occurs where there's an abnormal shape to the wall that divides your child's two nostrils.

  • A septum is a wall that divides two cavities. In the nose, the septum is made of cartilage, and divides the nose into two separate chambers (right and left).
  • A deviated septum may cause problems with proper breathing or nasal discharge.

What causes a deviated septum?

Sometimes, a deviated septum occurs during fetal development and can be seen when your baby is born.

More commonly, a deviated septum is the result of an injury to your child's nose. This can happen while playing sports, in a car accident or even if your child bumps into a wall.

How we care for a deviated septum

The Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement at Boston Children's Hospital can provide comprehensive care for your child's deviated septum. The team will perform a diagnosis, propose a surgical treatment and follow up to make sure your child is recovering well.