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spreader graft


Definition: a strip of cartilage (or sometimes bone) placed in a submucoperichondrial tunnel between the dorsal border of the nasal septum and the dorsal border of the upper lateral cartilage; effectively widens the dorsal septal edge and stabilizes the upper lateral cartilage to correct functional airway obstruction at the internal nasal valve; commonly placed bilaterally.

See Also: internal nasal valve

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