Nasal Septal abscess in Ibadan, Nigeria.

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Tropical Journal of Health sciences. Published by the College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin


Nasal septal abscess is a rare entity. If diagnosed and attended to promptly, it can be cured with little or no residual deformity. The aim of the study was to find out the pattern of presentation of nasal septal abscess and complications in our environment. This is a retrospective review of all the patient that presented to the ENT clinic of the University College Hospital, Ibadan with septal swelling over the twenty years (20years) June 1988-May 2007 period. The data retrieved included biodata, clinical presentation and operative findings and follow up complications. All data entered into the SPSS version 11.0 and results presented in tables and figures. A total number of 26 cases reviewed age range 3-60yrs with mean age of 29.62years and a median age of 20.00years (S.D=20.70). Male: Female ratio was 5.5:1.0. Majority of the patients were students, commonest presentation was nasal obstruction in 38.5% and most patients presented within five days of onset of symptoms (56.9%). Most of the patients had preceding infective causes (53.8%) and few had trauma (38.5%). Examination finding revealed septal swelling, loss of nasal patency and nasal discharge in 53.8%, all patients had incision and drainage under general anaesthesia. Staphylococcus aureus was the commonest isolate found and 46.2%% had re-accumulation of the abscess collection. Nasal septal abscess in an uncommon nasal problem and re-accumulation after drainage still remain a major complication.


Nasal Septal Abscess in Ibadan


Septal; Abscess; Trauma; Re-accumulation


Afolabi, O.A., Salisu, A., Adeyemo, A.A. & Ijaduola, G.T.A. (2009): Nasal Septal abscess in Ibadan, Nigeria. Tropical Journal of Health sciences. 16(2);25-27.