Low nasal bridge

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

Alternative Names

Saddle nose


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


When to Contact a Medical Professional

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

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

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

Laboratory studies may include:


Jones KL, Jones MC, Del Campo M. Osteochondrodysplasias. In: Jones KL, Jones MC, Del Campo M, eds. Smith's Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2013:chap K.

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  • Last reviewed on 2/26/2014
  • 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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