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Broad nasal bridge

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

Home Care

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 2/15/2016

Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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