Nasal splints and nose guards
AuthorClark, Graeme M.
Source TitleMedical Journal of Australia
University of Melbourne Author/sClark, Graeme
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsClark, G. M. (1969). Nasal splints and nose guards. Medical Journal of Australia, March, 1, 573-574.
Access StatusOpen Access
Clark GM. Nasal splints and nose guards. MJA 1969; 1: 573-574. © Copyright 1969. The Medical Journal of Australia – reproduced with permission.
Nasal fractures are common, and although their surgical treatment is standardized, there is disagreement about their splintage and postoperative management. A variety of nasal splints are at present in use. Small splints of aluminium or dental impression compound, which can be moulded to the nose, are available. More commonly a plaster splint is applied, and this is fixed in place with adhesive strapping or tapes around the head. The plaster may be cut so that it has a broad area for attachment to the forehead or broad flanges for resting on the maxillae to provide further support. In the latter case, the plaster is usually fixed in place by connecting it to tapes which are tied behind the head. In no case should a splint be applied in the hope that it can exert pressure on and compensate for an incompletely reduced fracture. Satisfactory postoperative results will be obtained only if reduction is complete at the time of the operation. Therefore the main function of splints for nasal fractures without loss of support is to prevent further injuries displacing the bones during healing.
Keywordsnasal splints; nose guards; otolaryngology
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