Symptoms and Signs of Broken Nose

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Medically Reviewed on 3/30/2019

Doctor's Notes on Broken Nose

A broken nose is a fracture, or break, of the bony part of the nose. A broken nose is a common facial injury and is caused by trauma. Blows to the face, vehicle accidents, falls, and sports injuries are some common traumatic causes of a broken nose.

Signs and symptoms of a broken nose include pain at the fracture site, tenderness, swelling of the nose or face, and an abnormal shape or deformity of the nose. Other associated symptoms can include difficulty breathing through the nose, bruising on the nose and under the eye, and nosebleed. Some cases of broken nose may be associated with other injuries to the skin and soft tissues of the face.

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