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Nasal Bone Fracture Overview

What is a nasal bone fracture?
A person with a nasal bone fracture has broken one of the bones of the nose. Nasal bone fractures are the third most common fracture. Common causes of nasal bone fractures include altercations and sports injuries.

What are the symptoms of a nasal bone fracture?
Symptoms of a nasal fracture include nosebleed, facial pain, facial swelling, facial tenderness, facial bruising, a deformed nose, and the inability to breathe normally though the nose.

How does the doctor treat a nasal bone fracture?
Treatment for nasal bone fractures may include cold compresses, nasal packing, narcotic pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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