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Low nasal bridge

Saddle nose

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

Considerations

Genetic diseases or infections may cause decreased growth of the bridge of nose.

A decrease in the height of the bridge of nose is best seen from a side view of the face.

Causes

Causes may include:

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 provider will do a physical exam. The provider may ask questions about your child's family and medical history.

Laboratory studies may include:

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

References

Farrior RT, Farrior EH, Eisler LS. Special rhinoplasty techniques. In: Flint PW, Haughey BH, Lund V, et al, eds. Cummings Otolaryngology. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 35.

Jones KL, Jones MC, Campo MD. Osteochondrodysplasias. In: Jones KL, Jones MC, Del Campo MD, eds. Smith's Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2013:chap K.

Madan-Khetarpal S, Arnold G. Genetic disorders and dyspmorphic conditions. In: Zitelli, BJ, McIntire SC, Norwalk AJ, eds. Zitelli and Davis' Atlas of Pediatric Diagnosis. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 1.

Slavotinek A. Dysmorphology. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW, Schor NF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 20th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 108.

    • The face

      The face - illustration

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

      The face

      illustration

    • Low nasal bridge

      Low nasal bridge - illustration

      A low or absent nasal bridge can occur in association with infectious diseases or genetic diseases.

      Low 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

      • Low nasal bridge

        Low nasal bridge - illustration

        A low or absent nasal bridge can occur in association with infectious diseases or genetic diseases.

        Low nasal bridge

        illustration

      Review Date: 2/19/2018

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

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