Empty nose syndrome (ENS) is a rare disorder that mostly affects the nose and nasal passages. This condition is common in people who underwent surgery to treat symptoms such as itchy throats, stuffy noses, constant post-nasal drip, and sinus infection. Surgery such as turbinectomy can also bring about symptoms of ENS.
Causes of Empty Nose Syndrome
Many people have a deviated septum, which is corrected through surgery. A deviated septum is the condition where the cartilage and structure that runs vertically through the center of the nose is off-center and can sometimes hamper a person’s ability to breathe normaly. Most people who undergo this surgery to correct a deviated septum do recover without any related problems. There are, however, a few cases of people developing the symptoms of empty nose syndrome.
There is no easy diagnosis or direct cause of ENS. It is often believed that ENS is mostly caused by medical negligence. ENS is a serious condition that cannot be corrected once the diagnosis has been confirmed.
Symptoms Of Empty Nose Syndrome
There are various symptoms of ENS. While some patients complain that they are unable to inhale a complete breath through their nose, other symptoms may include:
- Sleep disorders such as difficulty sleeping
- Diminished sense of smell or taste
- Inflammation and pain
- Lack of mucus
- Feeling too much air is entering the nose
- Lack of breathing sensation
- Nasal bleeding
- Nasal obstruction even though the passageways are clear
- Feeling that inhaled air is too cold or too dry
There is no known treatment for ENS and most patients with ENS have to live with the condition for the rest of their lives. Treatments that are available are aimed at relieving the symptoms temporarily. Some of the at-home treatments that can provide relief include:
- Eating plenty of hot liquids and soups
- Living in warm, humid environments
- Sleeping with a CPAP machine to aid in breathing
- Sleeping with a humidifier
As you can see, suffering from ENS can have adverse effects on their quality of life. The big question is what happens when you suffer from ENS due to medical negligence?
Can People Suffering From ENS Due To Medical Malpractice Seek Compensation?
There have been several cases where patients suffer from ENS following a surgery that was designed to correct a deviated septum. Some patients experience symptoms of ENS immediately after the surgery, while others took a few weeks or even months before experiencing the symptoms. As mentioned earlier, there is no clear cause for ENS, but it is believed that the majority of cases develop due to medical malpractice.
If a patient can prove that he or she is suffering from empty nose syndrome that was brought about by medical malpractice, he or she deserves to receive financial compensation. You need to work with a skilled medical malpractice lawyer who will review your case and develop a legal strategy to win it.
If you suffer from ENS and have good reasons that it was caused by the negligence of a physician, do not hesitate to contact Team Law today!