THE LATERAL NASAL WALL  
ENLARGED INFERIOR TURBINATE (LEFT)

ENLARGED INFERIOR TURBINATE (LEFT)

Description : "Enlargement" of the inferior turbinate is a common cause of nasal obstruction. In most cases, the apparent enlargement is really vasodilatation. Dilatation of the mucosa of the inferior turbinate may be the result of an acute or a chronic rhinitis, or a reflex response to a focus of chronic infection or inflammation within the anterior ethmoid. In rare cases, the underlying bone of the inferior turbinate is truly enlarged, as seen after vasoconstriction in this photograph.

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