CLINICAL SPECTRUM OF NASAL DEFORMITIES IN A SELECTED POPULATION IN NORTHERN INDIA; A CROSS SECTIONAL OBSERVATIONAL STUDY
Mohammad Ashraf Wani, Shagufta Yousuf, Showkat Hussain Tali* and Rafiq Ahmad
Background: Clinical spectrum of nasal injuries and their causes in a certain population can be used as an index of population behavior and hence a tool for behavioral modifications. Aim: To look for clinical spectrum and causes of nasal deformities in Kashmiri population. Methods: sixty nine cases of both sexes with nasal deformities were enrolled in the study. History, clinical examination, radiological examination and nasal endoscopy (as needed) were performed and findings recorded in a predesigned proforma. Results: Most of the patients in our study were male (75%), in the age group of 15 to 25 years (62.5%), from rural background (80%) and from district Srinagar (37.5%). The most common chief complaint was external deformity of nose (100%) and the most common cause was the accidents (65%). Among the accidents motor vehicle accidents were the commonest (38.4%). Conclusion: The most common cause of nasal deformity in Kashmiri population is accidents and motor vehicle accident accounts for the maximum number of cases among the cases due to accident.
Keywords: Nasal Deformities, Clinical Spectrum, Population, Trauma.
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