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Broad nasal bridge

Definition

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

Considerations

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

Causes

  • 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 health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about the patient's family and medical history.

References

Moore KL, Persaud TVN, Torchia MG. Human birth defects. In: Moore KL, Persaud TVN, Torchia MG. The Developing Human. 9th ed. Saunders Elsevier; 2013:chap 20.


Review Date: 2/26/2014
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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