Ozena is a disease of the nose in which the bony ridges and mucous membranes of the nose waste away.
Ozena is also called atrophic rhinitis.
Nasal crusting, discharge, and a very bad smell are other common symptoms of ozena.
Ozena may develop after a long period of nasal swelling.
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Review Date: 8/12/2019
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