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What Is Concha Bullosa?


Updated August 17, 2010

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Question: What Is Concha Bullosa?

Concha Bullosa is an air pocket in the middle turbinate. Turbinates are the part of your nose that warms and humidifies the air you breathe. Concha bullosa is a very common anatomical deviation. While it does not necessarily predispose you to sinus problems, persons with enlarged turbinates and concha bullosa may have a blockage which prevents their sinuses from draining properly resulting in frequent sinus infections. This condition may require surgical intervention. This surgery is generally done in a same day setting using an endoscope. Some studies have also linked concha bullosa with a deviated septum.

American Journal of Neuroradiology. The Incidence of Concha Bullosa and it's Relationship to Nasal Septal Deviation and Paranasal Sinus Disease. Accessed: August 12, 2010 from http://www.ajnr.org/cgi/content/abstract/25/9/1613

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