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The septum that separates the two sides of the nose is usually straight. If the septum is not straight but shifted to one side, it is known as a deviated septum. A deviation in the septum of the nose can cause narrowing of the nasal passage, lessening the amount of secretions that can drain, sometimes leading to sinus infections.
Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Senior Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.