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Broad nasal bridge

 

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.

 

 

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.

 
  • The face

    The face - illustration

    The physical landmarks of the human face are very similar from one face to another.

    The face

    illustration

  • Broad nasal bridge

    Broad nasal bridge - illustration

    Broad nasal bridge, or widening of the base of the nose, is a relative term. It can be a normal facial feature, but it can also be associated with certain congenital disorders such as basal cell nevus syndrome, or trisomy 8, a chromosome defect.

    Broad nasal bridge

    illustration

    • The face

      The face - illustration

      The physical landmarks of the human face are very similar from one face to another.

      The face

      illustration

    • Broad nasal bridge

      Broad nasal bridge - illustration

      Broad nasal bridge, or widening of the base of the nose, is a relative term. It can be a normal facial feature, but it can also be associated with certain congenital disorders such as basal cell nevus syndrome, or trisomy 8, a chromosome defect.

      Broad nasal bridge

      illustration

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            Review Date: 2/15/2016

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

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