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Definition

Ozena is a disease of the nose in which the bony ridges and mucous membranes of the nose waste away.

Ozena is also called atrophic rhinitis.

Symptoms

Nasal crusting, discharge, congestion, and a very bad smell are other common symptoms of ozena.

Ozena may develop after a long period of nasal swelling.

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Nasal mucosa
The mucosa, or mucous membrane, is a type of tissue that lines the nasal cavity. Mucous membranes are usually moist tissues that are bathed by secretions such as in the nose.

References

Corren J, Baroody FM. Allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis. In: O'Hehir RE, Holgate ST, Khurana Hershey GK, Sheikh A, eds. Allergy Essentials. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2022:chap 8.

Yan CH, Hwang PH. Nonallergic rhinitis. In: Flint PW, Francis HW, Haughey BH, et al, eds. Cummings Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 39.

Last reviewed September 10, 2023 by Josef Shargorodsky, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team..

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