J. Lancer, A. Jones
May 1, 1986
The Journal of Laryngology & Otology
Deformity around the nostril area may easily be overlooked by the otolaryngologist when considering cases of nasal obstruction. Cottle (1960) felt that this area was a common site for pathology leading to nasal obstruction. Treatment is usually surgical, but an alternative form of therapy may be applied. In 1905 Francis described an alae nasi prop which, when inserted into the nostril, displaced the alar cartilage laterally, thereby widening the nostril. A case in which this device was used is described, and its effect on nasal resistance to airflow is objectively assessed.