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J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Sep;23(5):1364-6.

Comparison of pediatric and adult nasal fractures.

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Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Ishikiri-Seiki Hospital, Higashi-Osaka City, Osaka, Japan.


Nasal fractures are the most common facial fracture in children and adults. Generally, it is believed that reduction of pediatric nasal fracture is more difficult and should be performed earlier compared with that of adult nasal fracture. However, there has been no article to prove this theory. We investigated 423 patients with acute nasal fractures requiring surgery and divided them into the following 2 groups: patients 12 years and younger (pediatric group) and patients 13 years and older (adult group). We then compared these patients in various aspects. There were no significant differences in the cause of fracture or postoperative conditions. Only the type of fracture and the anesthesia were different between these 2 groups. In the pediatric group, the interval between injury and surgery was arbitrarily divided into 2 groups, but there was no significant difference between these groups in the postoperative conditions. Some reports recommended that pediatric nasal fractures should be reduced within 3 to 5 days, but it cannot be proven. In conclusion, it is not necessary to distinguish treatment of pediatric nasal fracture from that of adult nasal fracture.

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