What are the signs and symptoms of nasal fractures?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Samuel J Haraldson, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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In cases of nasal fracture, there is evidence of trauma to the mid face. Often, deformity of the nose provides the greatest clue. Other signs include swelling, skin laceration, ecchymosis, epistaxis (bleeding from within the nose), and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhea. Epistaxis implies mucosal disruption; this should increase the clinician's suspicion for a nasal fracture, including possible nasal septum fracture.


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