Common ENT Problems

Nasal Fractures

Children lead very active lives especially when it comes to sports and it is not uncommon for a child to encounter trauma to the mid-face causing a fracture of the nasal bone. Oftentimes, this can lead to facial deformity, as well as an inability of the child to breathe through his or her nose. Oftentimes, the nasal fracture can be examined by a specialist and a fracture through direct visualization and palpation of the examiners finger can determine a nasal fracture is present. Oftentimes, we have to confirm such a fracture with x-rays. If it is determined that the child has fractured his or her nose, two things should be kept in mind. I. There is a significant cosmetic deformity? 2. Has the nasal fracture caused the child to have an inability to breathe through his or her nose on one or both sides? If either one of those is present, oftentimes a surgical procedure needs to be performed to straighten the nose and alleviate any nasal obstruction that may be present as a result of the fracture. For 25 years, Dr. Crews and the team of the Pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic have worked with children and adults with nasal fractures. Oftentimes, this can be performed in an outpatient surgical center and it is not uncommon for the procedure to take less than 15 minutes and the child to be discharged within 30 minutes of the surgery. Postoperatively, all parents have access to Dr. Crews via cell phone if any questions should arise. If your child has been injured and has a fractured nose, please contact a specialist at the Pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic at 1-800-5260998.