Management of Nasal and Perinasal Soft Tissue Injuries
30 June 2015 (online)
The prominence of the nose renders it susceptible to soft tissue trauma of multiple etiologies. In this review, we present a framework for evaluation and treatment of nasal soft tissue injuries. Initial evaluation of nasal soft tissue injuries should include a complete trauma assessment, history, and physical examination. Mechanisms described include lacerations, abrasions, bites, and thermal injuries. Finally, we discuss wound care and surgical treatment options, including local flap and free tissue transfer. Though timing of repair remains somewhat controversial, most sources indicate that immediate reconstruction should be undertaken when possible.