nasal septal hematoma


The nasal septal hematoma is a nasal disorder. The septum is a part between two nostrils. Collection of blood in the septum is referred as a nasal septal hematoma. The nose is the most commonly injured facial structure. In the case of sudden trauma to the anterior nasal septum, there is hematoma formation may take place.  This happens in rare cases. If the condition is not treated it may lead to various other disorders such as:

  • Saddle nose deformity
  • Septal perforation
  • Abscess formation
  • Permanent nose deformity

It may occur due to any injury or trauma. Blood vessels disruption occur due to some injury and results in the collection of the blood under the lining. If the septum cartilage breaks because of any severe injury the blood will seep the opposite side. This condition is known as a bilateral septal hematoma. Dissolution of whole cartilaginous septum due to bilateral septal hematoma makes it more dangerous. So a careful examination of the disorder is necessary. The thickness of nasal septum is 2-4 mm. whenever there is need of examination, then both nostrils should be checked.

The children are more likely to have this problem as their septum is thicker. According to a research study by Canty, the most commonly observed symptoms in children were a nasal obstruction, pain, rhinorrhea as well as fever. These symptoms start to appear within 24-72 hours.


The signs and symptom of it are following;

  • Nasal congestion
  • Swelling of nasal septum
  • Pain with swelling
  • Changed nose shape
  • Nasal obstruction


The main causes include;

  • Breakage of nose
  • Injury
  • Trauma
  • Injury or damage to soft nasal tissues
  • Surgery

Risk factor in children:

In children following risk factors are observed:

  • Simple falls
  • Minor altercation with siblings
  • Collision with stationary objects
David Sage Asked on September 13, 2017 in Disease.
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1 Remedy

cold compresses


The ice pack is an effective treatment in nasal septal hematoma for reducing pain and inflammation after injury.


  • Ice cubes


Take few ice cubes and wrap it in a cloth. Apply this ice pack on the nose for 10 minutes thrice a day to get rid of the pain as well as swelling.

David Sage Answered on February 25, 2018.
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