J Rhinol.  2005 Nov;12(2):108-111.

Clinical Study of Open Nasal Bone Fracture

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Korea. hlpch@lycos.co.kr

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Little is known about the treatment of open nasal bone fracture (ONF). The operative technique, timing, and management of ONF is still confusing. This study presents our treatment policy of ONF to help otolaryngologists decide proper management plan.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Of 380 consecutive patients who required surgical intervention, 57 patients underwent open nasal reduction. Of 57 patients, 15 had one-stage operation, and 42 had two- stage operation. Postoperative patients' satisfaction was evaluated using a visual analogue scale and the reasons of dissatisfaction were analyzed.
RESULTS
ONF had poorer outcome than closed nasal bone fracture. Unsatisfactory cosmetic results such as scan of the external nose and change of the skin color were the most common problems associated with open nasal reduction.
CONCLUSION
Operation timing and technique should be selectively applied to different types of nasal bone fracture and wound state. Meticulous wound care as well as accurate nasal bone reduction is mandatory for ONF.

Keyword

Open; Nasal bone; Fractures
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