I was hit in the nose two days ago. Not extremely hard, but hard enough for it to be a little sore. It now looks like I have a subtle dorsal hump. Is this just swelling or is it going to permanently be like this? Also, it feels like there is a slight pressure where the hump is. I'm hoping the hump is just swelling, but it feels like bone.
Can a Hit Cause a Permanent Dorsal Hump?
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Injury can cause a saddle deformity
Injury to the bridge of the nose can cause a small dorsal hump even without breaking the bones. This can result from the upper lateral cartilages and septum getting separated from the bone and 'falling in' thus making the bony part of the nose appear to be sticking out. This can be corrected with cartilage grafting.
Trauma causing a permanent dorsal hump
Lots of people come into my office and tell me that they never had a hump until they had an injury as a child and then the noticed a hump from then on. Truth is that you are unlikely to develop a sizable hump as a result of hitting your nose and most of what you see is indeed swelling HOWEVER sometimes you get a little bleeding over the bone and when it heals it forms some scar tissue and I do believe that can lead to a small hump therefore I recommend gentle paper taping of all my patients who hit there noses.
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Traumatic dorsal hump
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At the beginning, it is hard to tell if the bump if permanent or just swelling. Ice packs can help decrease the swelling. The first two weeks after the trauma, the nasal bones can still be moved by the surgeon if they were fracture and this can often solve the problem. If the bump persist after a month, surgery might be necessary.
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Nasal trauma is an extremely common phenomenon. These injuries are frequently accompanied by rapid onset of swelling and may result in bleeding. It can be very difficult to differentiate isolated soft tissue swelling from fractures of the nasal bones in the immediate post injury period. For this reason, it may take time for a determination to be made. After approximately two weeks, the swelling should resolve and the extent of the injury should be clear.
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