Failure of the nasal septum to be in the center of the nose and divide the nasal passages evenly. Deviation of the nasal septum may be congenital (present at birth) or acquired (occur later). The major problem it causes is airway obstruction. A deviated septum can be corrected with surgery.
- Airway obstruction
Airway obstruction: Partial or complete blockage of the breathing passages to the lungs. Causes include the presence of foreign matter, allergic reactions, infections, anatomical abnormalities, and trauma. Associated respiratory distress may be sudden, with only a cough for a warning. There is often agitation in the early stages. Other signs include labored, ineffective breathing, until […]
- Deviation of the nasal septum
Deviation of the nasal septum: Failure of the nasal septum to be in the center where it is supposed to be. (The nasal septum is the wall inside the nose that runs down the middle dividing it into two sides.) Deviation of the nasal septum may be congenital (present at birth) or occur later from […]
- Device, assistive
Device, assistive: Any device that is designed, made, and/or adapted to assist a person to perform a particular task. Canes, crutches, walkers, wheel chairs, and shower chairs are all assistive devices.
Dextro-: Prefix from the Latin word dexter, meaning ‘on the right side.’ For example, a molecule that shows dextrorotation is turning or twisting to the right. The opposite of levo-.
Dextrocardia: The heart is reversed and is in the right side of the chest rather than in its normal location on the left. This is a true anatomic reversal. With dextrocardia, for example, the apex (tip) of the heart points to the right rather than (as is normal) to the left. Dextrocardia occurs in an […]