Nasal trauma most often results from contact sports, physical altercations or accidents. When excessive mechanical force is applied to the nose, it can cause a break in the bone, cartilage or both. Patients are usually diagnosed in an emergency department and referred to a specialist for follow up and potential treatment.
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