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, congestion, 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: 8/31/2021
Reviewed By: Josef Shargorodsky, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.