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October 1951

NASOFORM SPLINT: An External Nasal Splint for General Use

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Buffalo School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;54(4):422-425. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750100084010

Inadequate reduction of nasal fractures is fostered by the lack of simple standardized methods and equipment. One common obstacle is the difficulty in securing adequate immobilization after reduction. Fixation of nasal bones requires very accurate contour splinting, probably more so than any other fracture site except the jaws. Internal fixation can be accomplished by judicious packing, but external splinting requires "custom built" or individually "fitted" appliances for the widely variable shapes and sizes of nasal framework encountered.

Any one of many splinting techniques employed after nasal plastic operations may be used for immobilizing nasal fractures. The commonest of these utilize clamps with mechanical adjustments and splints made of dental wax or malleable sheet metals.1 Unfortunately, most of these appliances are not sufficiently simple or universally applicable to be attractive for general use. It is the purpose of this paper to describe a simple external nasal splint, which I have