Saddle Nose Deformity Due to Nasal Fractures and Septum Hematoma
The bones and cartilage in the nose are fragile and easily damaged with a direct blow to the face. Vehicle accidents, falls, impact sports and other types of trauma could cause a nasal fracture that can impact the structural integrity of the nasal bridge. Nasal fractures and complications from these injuries may lead to a saddle nose deformity, a condition that can be repaired by Dr. Maurice Khosh in NYC.
A fracture of the dorsum, or bony septum, is common in traumatic facial injuries. However, many people suffer a broken nose with little permanent damage to the structural components. For a saddle nose deformity to occur, there must be significant damage to the nasal structure. The nose bridge may not immediately begin to sag, but it can begin to collapse over time. Often, the cause of a saddle nose deformity from nasal fractures or trauma to the nose is a septum hematoma.
Septum Cartilage Damage from Septum Hematomas
One of the dangers of an untreated broken nose is an undiagnosed septum hematoma. If blood collects under the membrane or covering of the septum cartilage, this is called a septum hematoma. A depressed or fractured dorsum or damaged septum can cause a septum hematoma. If left untreated, a septal hematoma could cause an abscess or infection that affects the health of the septum cartilage. Over time, the cartilage dies and begins to disintegrate, which can allow the bridge of the nose to collapse, causing a saddle nose deformity.
If a traumatic nasal fracture or septum hematoma caused your nasal bridge to collapse, there are repair options. Dr. Khosh specializes in restoring the shape and function of the nose for his patients with a saddle nose deformity. Contact our office in Manhattan, NY, to schedule a consultation, and begin your journey to correcting your nose injury.