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What is the difference between a deviated septum and nasal bone fracture?

What is the difference between a deviated septum and nasal bone fracture?

One is inside: A deviated septum refers to crooked or displaced bone and cartilage inside the nose. This can cause blockage of the nasal passages. The nasal bones are on the outside of the upper part of the nose. Both or either the nasal bones and the nasal septum can be broken. Broken nasal bones may cause the outside of the nose to become crooked.

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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What is the difference between a deviated septum and a nasal bone fracture?

What is the difference between a deviated septum and a nasal bone fracture?

Deviated septum: A deviated septum describes the wall which divides the nose into lefty and right nostril when it is not aligned to the midline. A nasal bone fracture describes a broken portion of the nasal bones. Both can be corrected surgically. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist,

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Does a nondisplaced anterior nasal bone fracture need surgery?

Does a nondisplaced anterior nasal bone fracture need surgery?

Not usually: Need to allow the swelling to go down and if that is the only issue, then surgery is not needed, but there could be cartilage damage in the nose area and that requires a physician exam to make a decision.

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Sinus or ear infection atleast 1x a month. Fractured both my sinus, orbitals and nose also have a deviated septum. Could this cause it or what else?

Sinus or ear infection atleast 1x a month. Fractured both my sinus, orbitals and nose also have a deviated septum. Could this cause it or what else?

Yes: Altered anatomy can lead to a redisposition for sinus infections, esp post traumatic alterations. Seek the advise of an otolaryngologist for this.

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What is the difference between a fractured bone and a broken bone?

What is the difference between a fractured bone and a broken bone?

None: They are different terms for the same thing. Fracture can vary in severity and problems. Almost always there is trauma to the soft tissues surrounding the bone. When it is open (exposed to the outside environment) it is much more serious since infection risk is higher. The higher the energy that caused the fracture, the more problems that attend the fracture.

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What is the difference between a broken bone and a fractured bone?

What is the difference between a broken bone and a fractured bone?

No difference: Fracture or broken assumes a disruption of the bone integrity. There are many variations including degree of displacement and complexity of the fracture lines.

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What is the difference between a bone break and a bone fracture?

Symantecs: A fracture or break is the same thing. There are degrees of fractures or breaks. One can have a small crack in the bone and not be through and through or one can have total separation of the bone fragments. They really are one and the same.

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How to tell difference between carpal bone fracture and sprain?

How to tell difference between carpal bone fracture and sprain?

By X-ray: Both will have pain swelling, loss of function x-ray will differentiate one from other

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How long can swelling last after deviated septum surgery? My nose has a small bump on the bridge that feels hard like bone. Could it be swelling?

How long can swelling last after deviated septum surgery? My nose has a small bump on the bridge that feels hard like bone. Could it be swelling?

Possibly: Followup w/your surgeon As a general rule for my patients I say that 80% of swelling is gone after 2 weeks & 90% is gone after 2 months, but really more like 6 weeks. That being said-a bump on the bridge of the nose should not be from septal surgery. The septum is in the middle of your nose & surgery to the nasal dorsum/nasal bridge is more from rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty. F/u w ur surgeon

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Is it possible that an 18 year old get a 'greenstick' fracture of the nasal bone?

Is it possible that an 18 year old get a 'greenstick' fracture of the nasal bone?

Fracture: Yes, an elbow to the nose during a spirited basketball game or other sports activity can cause a greenstick fracture.

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more