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Alternative Names Return to topFracture of the nose; Broken nose
Definition Return to top
A nose fracture is a break in the bone or cartilage over the bridge, in the sidewall, or septum (line dividing the nostrils) of the nose.
Considerations Return to top
A fractured nose is the most common fracture of the face. It usually occurs after an injury and often occurs with other facial fractures.
Sometimes, as a result of a blunt injury, the wall dividing the nostrils (septum) can separate.
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 a doctor's attention right away. However, for minor nose injuries, the doctor may prefer to see the patient within the first week after the injury if the nose may have become deformed.
Occasionally, surgery may be needed to correct a deformity of the nose or septum caused by a trauma.
Symptoms Return to top
The bruised appearance usually disappears after 2 weeks.
The symptoms may be the same as those of a fractured nose.
First Aid Return to top
DO NOT Return to top
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Get medical help right away if:
Prevention Return to top
Wear protective headgear while playing contact sports, riding bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, or rollerblades.
Use seat belts and appropriate car seats when driving.Update Date: 1/30/2008 Updated by: James L. Demetroulakos, MD, FACS, Department of Otolaryngology, N. Shore Medical Center, Salem, MA. Clinical Instructor in Otology Laryngology, Harvard Medical School. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.