Synonyms: Septal turbinate, septal cavernous body, Kiesselbach's body, septal erectile tissue.
Introduction: This is a widened area of nasal septum located superior to the inferior turbinate and anterior to the middle turbinate. It is composed of septal cartilage. Septal cartilage is thicker here than the other parts of nasal septum. The mucosal covering of septal body is thicker than the other portions of nasal septum. This body is in intimate relationship to the internal nasal valve. It is suspected to play a role in the maintenance of nasal resistance.
Histologic criteria for the identification of septal body:
Septal body can be identified using the following Histologic criteria.
Most commonly is could be an incidental finding. On routine examination a septal body should be differentiated from high septal deviation.
Septal body should be
included among the erectile tissues found in the nasal cavity. It should be managed in the same way as
hypertrophied turbinates in cases of nasal obstruction caused by these
structures. Its proximity to the
internal nasal valve arouses the suspicion as the cause for nasal