Is Empty Nose Syndrome real and if not why are people killing themselves over it?

Article by Joel Oliphint on Buzzfeed. April 15, 2016.
This medical mystery — a byproduct of common nasal surgery — has stumped many doctors and scientists, some of whom suspect the suffocating condition may just be imaginary. But that isn’t making the people who feel suicidal over its horrific symptoms feel any better.

Medical despair ends in suicide

Article by Misti Crane on Dispatch. Sunday May 3, 2015.
Brett Helling could no longer find solace in the music. It didn’t touch his soul as it once had, he wrote to his friends and family. It couldn’t rescue him from darkness (…)

Cet étrange syndrome dit «du nez vide» qui pousse les gens à se suicider

Article by Aude Lorriaux on Slate. April 18, 2016.
Une opération anodine en apparence, pratiquée pour soulager la gêne respiratoire de patients qui souffrent notamment d’allergies, a transformé leur vie en enfer.

Empty Nose Syndrome surgery benefits some, but not all patients

Article on ENT Today. July 9, 2015.
In patients with ENS, ‘‘the absence of normal nasal structures is universal … and the symptoms of atrophic rhinitis [are] coupled with a cavernous nasal airway lacking identifiable turbinate tissue.’’ For many years, ENS was thought to be a form of secondary atrophic rhinitis, and it is unknown why some patients develop ENS following turbinate surgery.

Sniffing at Empty Nose Idea

Article by Aaron Zitner on LA Times. May 10, 2001.
In the early 1990s, as endoscopic surgery became widespread, Dr. Eugene Kern of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., began to notice a number of patients with similar complaints. They included facial pain, crusting in the nose, breathing problems, bleeding and depression.