My ENT did not think this (attached photo) deviated septum could be the cause of my recurring headaches and sinus infections. Should I seek a second opinion?
Deviated Septum. Should I Seek A Second Opinion? (photo)
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Deviated septum causing headaches
You certainly have a septal deviation with a bony spur nearly contacting the lateral nasal wall. The concept of "contact point headaches" has been described. I have treated may patients surgically with deviations like this whose headaches and sometimes sinusitis symptoms improve. It all boils down to the risk/benefit ratio of septoplasty. In other words, the risks are quite low for septoplasty (by experienced surgeons) with potentially great benefits. I would recommend getting a second opinion.
Can deviated septum cause headaches
The quick answer to your question is yes. A septorhinoplasty by an experienced doctor has little downside. Then again headaches are like back pain. There are a dozen things which can cause it but there are more likely reasons
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Deviated Septum. Should I Seek A Second Opinion?
Perhaps. A CT scan should reveal all the sinuses and the critical osteo-meatal opening which if decreased or obstructed may be the cause of these symptoms. A Septoplasty to correct a deviated septum isn't always the answer for sinus issues although it might be.