Broad nasal bridge

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Definition

Broad nasal bridge is a widening of the top part of the nose.

Considerations

Broad nasal bridge can be a normal facial feature. However, it can also be associated with certain genetic or congenital (present from birth) disorders.

Causes

Causes may include:

  • Basal cell nevus syndrome
  • Fetal hydantoin effect (mother took the drug hydantoin during pregnancy)
  • Normal facial feature
  • Other congenital syndromes

Home Care

There is no need to treat broad nasal bridge. Other conditions that have broad nasal bridge as a symptom may need medical attention.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if:

  • You feel that the shape of your child's nose is interfering with breathing
  • You have questions about your child's nose

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

The provider will perform a physical exam. Provider may also ask questions about the person's family and medical history.

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References

Chambers C, Scialli AR. Teratogenesis and environmental exposure. In: Creasy RK, Resnick R, Iams JD, Lockwood CJ, Moore TR, Greene MF, eds. Creasy and Resnik's Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2014:chap 31.

Jones KL, Jones MC, Del Campo MD. Facial defects as major feature. In: Jones KL, Jones MC, Del Campo MD, eds. Smith's Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2013:chap H.

Olitsky SE, Hug D, Plummer LS, Stahl ED, Ariss MM, Lindquist TP. Disorders of eye movement and alignment. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St Geme JW, Schor NF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 20th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 623.

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