Amer Sabih Hydri, Bashir Ahmed, Muhammad Ashfaq, Aamer Ejaz.
Nasal trauma in amateur boxing.
Pak J Otolaryngol Jan ;24(2):9-11.
OBJECTIVE: To document various nasal injuries in amateur boxing, compare their management and to assess post treatment results. DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: The study was carried out at the department of ENT and Head & Neck Surgery at a tertiary care Military hospital in Quetta, Pakistan from Sept 2004 to Oct 2005. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 34 male patients, who sustained nasal injuries in an amateur boxing competition, were included in this study. Their injury pattern, treatment imparted and post treatment results were compiled. RESULTS: The most common nasal injury was nasal septal haematoma (58.33%) followed by nasal bone fracture (52.77%). Four patients (11.11%) developed post treatment complications which were subsequently addressed and follow up after one year revealed that all but 2 (5.88%) were symptom free. CONCLUSION: Nasal deformities can be missed due to the immediate oedema associated with facial injuries. Accurate assessment and proper handling of injuries allows for better and faster healing, and prevents unfavourable long-term sequelae.
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