Rare Spontaneous Development of Nasal Septal Abscess in End-stage Kidney Disease

  • Paolo Nikolai H. So Philippine General Hospital
  • Jan Alexeis C. Lacuata
  • Rey Jaime M. Tan
Keywords: nasal septal abscess, chronic kidney disease, hemodialysis, diabetes mellitus


The spontaneous development of a nasal septal abscess in patients with chronic kidney disease is hardly described in the literature. A 58-year-old man with long-standing type 2 diabetes mellitus and a history of rectal adenocarcinoma was admitted for resection of tumor recurrence. He was initiated on hemodialysis post-operatively due to worsening kidney function. He was discharged on thrice-weekly dialysis but was readmitted two months after for progressive shortness of breath. Further examination revealed severe nasal congestion from a nasal septal abscess which prompted mouth-breathing. Incision and drainage and anterior nasal packing were done, and the patient was discharged improved on broad-spectrum oral antibiotics. This case report highlights the possibility of developing nontraumatic nasal infections in patients with chronic kidney disease due to compromised host defenses.


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