Abstract: Treatment of nasal obstruction with conventional septoplasty is a very common operation in otorhinolaryngology. There are considerable complications that may become even life threatening. We report a rare complication of septoplasty, namely, skull base injury. The possible mechanisms and treatment modality are discussed. Like other similar procedures, prevention of the skull base injury is more important than its treatment. Correct knowledge about anatomy of the region and meticulous manipulation and instrumentation are the most considerable topics.
From the *Otolaryngology Department, Loghman Hakim General Hospital, Shahid Beheshti Medical University, Tehran; †Private Practice, Karaj, Iran.
Manuscript received February 5, 2009; accepted August 5, 2009.
The authors report no conflict of interest.
Reprints: Aliasghar Peyvandi, Otolaryngology Department, Loghman Hakim General Hospital, Shahid Beheshti Medical University, Kamali St, Tehran. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.