Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fractured Nose Anatomy

To better understand nasal bone fracture, it helps to understand the anatomy of the nose.

The structure of the upper one-third of the nose is bone, while the lower two-thirds are made of cartilage. The nasal septum is a thin layer of bone that separates one side of the nose from the other.

Examples of anatomy include:

  • Nasal bones
  • X-ray of nasal bones

Last Updated: Nov 4, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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