Broad nasal bridge is a widening of the top part of the nose.
Broad nasal bridge can be a normal facial feature. However, it can also be associated with certain genetic or congenital (present from birth) disorders.
Causes may include:
- Basal cell nevus syndrome
- Fetal hydantoin effect (mother took the drug hydantoin during pregnancy)
- Normal facial feature
- Other congenital syndromes
There is no need to treat broad nasal bridge. Other conditions that have broad nasal bridge as a symptom may need medical attention.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your health care provider if:
- You feel that the shape of your child's nose is interfering with breathing
- You have questions about your child's nose
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
The provider will perform a physical exam. Provider may also ask questions about the person's family and medical history.
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Review Date 2/19/2018
Updated 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.