Nose is the most prominent part of the face, hence it is likely to be the most common structure to be injured in the face. Although fractures involving the nasal bones are very common, it is often ignored by the patient. Patients with fractures of nasal bone will have deformity, tenderness, haemorrhage, edema, ecchymosis, instability, and crepitation. These features may be present in varying combinations. This article discusses the pathophysiology of these fractures, role of radiography and ultrasound in their diagnosis and their management.
Nasal bone fractures are common because:
1. Nose happens to be the most prominent portion of the face
2. Increasing number of road traffic accidents
3. Increasing incidence of domestic violence
4. Increase in the number of individuals taking part in contact sports