Low nasal bridge

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

Alternative Names

Saddle nose


Genetic diseases or infections may cause decreased growth of the bridge of nose.

A decrease in the height of the bridge of nose is best seen from a side view of the face.


Causes may include:

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 provider will do a physical exam. The provider may ask questions about your child's family and medical history.

Laboratory studies may include:


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  • Last reviewed on 2/15/2016
  • 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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