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Broken Nose
(Nasal Fracture)

Broken Nose Overview

A broken nose is any crack or fracture in the bony portion of the nose.

This is usually a result of external trauma. Blows to the face during altercations, vehicle accidents, falls, and sports injury are the most common reasons for a fractured nose.

Nasal fractures are often cited as the most common type of facial fracture, accounting for approximately half of all facial fractures in several studies.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/3/2014

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Broken Nose Facts

Medically reviewed by: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

  • A broken nose or nasal fracture is usually the result of external trauma.
  • The most common cause of a broken nose is fights. Sports injuries are the least common cause of a broken nose.
  • Symptoms of a broken nose include swelling, bruising, a black eye, nosebleeds, pain, tenderness when touching the nose, or deformity of the nose.
  • A broken nose can be diagnosed with X-rays, CT scan, or most commonly physical exam.
  • Treatment for a broken nose is generally with home care including OTC pain medication, ice, and rest.
  • More severe facial fractures that include a broken nose may require surgery.

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