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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Nasal mucosa - illustration
The mucosa, or mucous membrane, is a type of tissue that lines the nasal cavity. Mucous membranes are usually moist tissues that are bathed by secretions such as in the nose.
Review Date: 8/5/2015
Reviewed By: Sumana Jothi MD, specialist in laryngology, Clinical Instructor UCSF Otolaryngology, NCHCS VA, SFVA, San Francisco, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.