Coordinated Health

Conditions

Definition

A low nasal bridge is a flattening of the top part of the nose.

Alternative Names

Saddle nose

Considerations

Decreased growth (hypoplasia) of the nasal bridge can occur with infections or genetic diseases. A decrease in the height of the nasal bridge is best seen from a side view of the face.

Common Causes

  • Cleidocranial dysostosis
  • Congenital syphilis
  • Down syndrome
  • Normal variation
  • Other syndromes that are present at birth (congenital)
  • Williams syndrome

Call your health care provider if

Call your health care provider if you have questions about the shape of your child’s nose.

What to expect at your health care provider’s office

The health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about the patient’s family and medical history.

Laboratory studies may include:

  • Chromosome studies
  • Enzyme assays (blood tests to measure specific enzyme levels)
  • Metabolic studies
  • X-rays
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