Could Michael Jackson’s Health Issues Have Been Linked to Empty Nose Syndrome?

Mr. O
3 min readMar 6

Empty Nose Syndrome (ENS) is a condition that has recently garnered attention due to its potential to cause severe and long-lasting symptoms in patients who have undergone surgery on their turbinates. Turbinates are bony structures in the nose that warm, filter, and moisturize air as it enters the lungs. Surgery to reduce or remove the turbinates is known as turbinectomy, and it is commonly performed to relieve enlarged turbinates and improve airflow. While most patients recover well from surgery, a subset of patients may experience troubling symptoms that persist, including headaches, reduced sense of smell or taste, nasal dryness, lack of mucus, and a sensation of drowning, suffocating, and constant breathlessness.

The symptoms reported by sufferers of ENS can be severe and described as nightmarish. Some report feeling as though they are constantly suffocating since they cannot sense the air entering their nostrils. Others have reported severe, intractable insomnia. There have even been cases of patients taking their own lives due to the severity of their symptoms.

One famous case that has been linked to ENS is that of legendary pop singer Michael Jackson. In the aftermath of his death, many rumors and speculations circulated about the possible causes of his health issues, including his alleged addiction to prescription medication. However, one theory that has gained some traction in recent years is that Jackson may have suffered from ENS, which could have contributed to his breathing problems and the need for multiple surgeries on his nose.

Jackson’s changing appearance, particularly the shape and size of his nose, has been widely discussed over the years. Some have speculated that Jackson underwent so many rhinoplasty surgeries that he damaged his nasal tissues and cartilage, leading to breathing difficulties. However, another possibility is that Jackson underwent turbinate reduction surgery, which could have resulted in ENS.

There is evidence to suggest that Jackson did undergo turbinate reduction surgery in the 1990s, which is a procedure commonly performed alongside rhinoplasty. According to a biography of Jackson by J. Randy Taraborrelli, Jackson visited a Beverly Hills doctor named Steven Hoefflin in 1993…

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