Saddle Nose Deformity Due to Granulomatosis Polyangiitis
Granulomatosis polyangiitis is a severe type of vasculitis that often attacks the upper respiratory system, including the nose. Some patients with this autoimmune disorder can have nasal cartilage damage that leads to a weakened structure and a nasal bridge collapse. If you have a saddle nose deformity, or pug nose, caused by granulomatosis with polyangiitis, Dr. Maurice Khosh can offer options for rhinoplasty to repair the shape and function of the nose.
Patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis can experience severe inflammation of blood vessels in certain organs. When granulomatosis with polyangiitis affects the nose or sinuses, blood flow can be reduced to the tissues, including the cartilage in the septum. This loss of blood flow can cause erosion of the cartilage, creating perforations or structural weakness in the septum. When the cartilage becomes too weak, the nasal bridge can collapse and results in the sunken nasal bridge associated with a saddle nose deformity.
Repairing a Nose Damaged by Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis
Dr. Khosh is a leader in the field of saddle nose repairs and utilizes the most advanced techniques to restore the form and function of the nose. For his patients that suffer a nasal bridge collapse due to granulomatosis with polyangiitis, he can work with their rheumatologist to determine the best time to begin the repair during remission or inactivity of the disease. Grafts and other surgical techniques can be used to strengthen the septum and restore the shape of the nasal bridge for an improved appearance and respiratory function.
Saddle nose deformity from granulomatosis with polyangiitis is rare, but it can occur. If you have suffered a nasal bridge collapse after nose damage caused by granulomatosis with polyangiitis, contact the office of Dr. Maurice Khosh. He will discuss your surgical or non-surgical repair options during a personal consultation.