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Alternative namesFracture of the nose; Broken nose
DefinitionA nose fracture is a break in the bone over the bridge of the nose.
ConsiderationsA fractured nose is the most common facial fracture . It usually results from a blunt injury and is often associated with other facial fractures. The bruised appearance usually disappears after 2 weeks.
Sometimes, as a result of a blunt injury, the septum (wall dividing the nostrils) can separate. The symptoms may be the same as a fractured nose.
Nose injuries and neck injuries are often seen together because a blow that is forceful enough to injure the nose may be hard enough to injure the neck.
Serious nose injuries cause problems that require immediate professional attention. However, for minor nose injuries, the doctor may prefer to see the victim after the swelling subsides.
Occasionally, plastic surgery may be necessary to correct a deformity of the nose or nasal septum caused by a trauma.
PreventionProtective headgear should be worn while playing contact sports, riding bicycles, skateboards, roller-skates, or roller blades.
Seatbelts and appropriate car seats should be used.
Update Date: 5/6/2003Jason Newman, M.D., Department of Otolaryngology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Washington, DC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT