Which nasal findings are characteristic of Down syndrome?

Updated: Apr 30, 2018
  • Author: Gratias Tom Mundakel, MBBS, DCH; Chief Editor: Maria Descartes, MD  more...
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A flat facies with increased interocular distance (hypertelorism), hypoplastic nasal bone, and a flat nasal bridge is characteristic (see the image below).

Characteristic flat facies with hypertelorism, dep Characteristic flat facies with hypertelorism, depressed nasal bridge, and protrusion of tongue, as well as single palmar simian crease in 2-year-old girl with Down syndrome. Image courtesy of L. Dourmishev, MD, PhD, DSc.

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