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Archives of Craniofacial Surgery 2012;13(2):119-124.
The Effect of Half Day Nasal Packing in Results of Closed Reduction of Nasal Bone Fracture.
Dong Gil Han, Tae Seob Kim
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.
Closed reduction and nasal packings for 3.7 days is usual procedures in managing nasal bone fracture. Most patients experience several discomfort owing to lack of nasal breathing. There are many reports concerning how to reduce patient's discomforts or complications. But it is obvious that the duration of nasal packing is 3.7 days. The aim of this study is evaluate the effect of half day nasal packing in results of nasal bone fracture. METHODS: The study was performed on 97 nasal bone fracture patients who had simple nasal bone fractures from January to June 2012. The incidence, cause, patient's discomfort and satisfaction with half day nasal packing are analyzed according to patient's medical records and questionnaire at each nasal packing removal, postoperative 4 weeks.
Young male patients, especially the teenagers and the twenties were the common age group, and physical violence was most common cause of injury. A total of 78 out of 97 patients were male. In 92 cases, closed reduction were applied. Approximately, 87% of the patients were satisfied with the outcomes.
Half day nasal packing is considered as an effective method to minimize patient's discomfort owing to prolonged absence of nasal breathing with maintenance of stability.
Keywords: Nasal bone; Fracture; Reduction; Nasal obstruction


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