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Reduction of fractured nasal bones; local versus general anaesthesia

J Waldron, D B Mitchell, G Ford
Clinical Otolaryngology and Allied Sciences 1989, 14 (4): 357-9
This prospective study was designed to asses whether the results of reducing simple fractures of the nasal bones were different using local or general anaesthesia. Two consecutive groups of 50 patients had their fractures manipulated under (a) general, or (b) local anaesthesia. The results of reduction as assessed by the patients and surgeons were not significantly different between the 2 groups. The reoperation rate for nasal obstruction and external deformity was similar in the 2 groups. We suggest that fractured nasal bones may be reduced under local anaesthesia without detriment to the results. This represents a significant saving of hospital resources.

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