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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.


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

Ozena may develop after a long period of nasal swelling.


Joe SA, Liu JZ. Nonallergic rhinitis. In: Flint PW, Haughey BH, Lund V, et al, eds. Cummings Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 43.

Review Date: 8/1/2017
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