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Low nasal bridge

Definition

A low nasal bridge is a flattening of the top part of the nose.

Alternative Names

Saddle nose

Considerations

Decreased growth (hypoplasia) of the nasal bridge can occur with infections or genetic diseases. A decrease in the height of the nasal bridge is best seen from a side view of the face.

Causes

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if you have questions about the shape of 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.

Laboratory studies may include:

  • Chromosome studies
  • Enzyme assays (blood tests to measure specific enzyme levels)
  • Metabolic studies
  • X-rays

Review Date: 2/1/2012
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, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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