Nasal Fracture Follow-up

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Samuel J Haraldson, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Return to Play

Uncomplicated nondisplaced fractures should not prevent a patient who participates in noncontact sports from returning to play in 2 weeks. In healthy adults, fracture healing occurs in approximately 3 weeks. Athletes involved in contact sports should have adequate head and face protection for several weeks when returning to play.

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Complications

See Treatment, Acute Phase, Medical Issues/Complications.

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Prevention

Nasal fractures in sports can be prevented with the use of helmets that have adequate face protection.

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Prognosis

Most nondisplaced nasal fractures heal without cosmetic or functional deformity. Both open and closed reduction techniques produce a high rate of refractory cosmetic deformity, manifested by septal deviations. Many patients eventually require nasal-septal rhinoplasty.ref26}

See also the Cosmetic Surgery section in Medscape Reference's Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery book.

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