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Rodin was fascinated with the broken nose. l'Homme au nez casse (the left stature) was regarded by Rodin as his first important piece. He related that the head had a wonderful shape, beautiful in its own way. It was "stamped with a nobleness of expression that looked so much the more striking for its contrast with the ruin to which it was attached." He completed several versions of this piece. The deformed nose or accentuation of nasal features can be seen in many Rodin pieces.

The left sculpture represents a severely deformed nose. There is a collapsed dorsum and the nasal bones are displaced. Click on the left 2 pictures to see computer "reconstructive surgery" of this deformity.

The dorsum (front part of the nose) has collapsed. Dorsal collapse of a broken nose can occur with an untreated septal hematoma (blood clot that separates the mucosal lining from the cartilage of the wall that separates the nostrils). A septal hematoma interferes with the blood supply of the cartilage which then can result in lost support for the nose over several months. Severe trauma can also disrupt the cartilages as well as bones.

The nasal bones seem to have been displaced. Such deformity is best treated before the bones have healed in bad position. (Click here to see a clinical case with a similar boney deformity and reduction). After healing in such malposition, the bones would need to be carefully cut to help move them back into position. This operation is called a rhinoplasty. Click on the left images to see a computer simulated "rhinoplasty".

People with severe nasal deformity often have the nasal passages obstructed. The bent nasal bones and cartilages can mechanically block air flow. Such patient breath through their mouths. Notice how the statue's lips are parted. The septum is the wall that divides the two nasal passages. A septoplasty or septal resection (removing part of the septum) can improve the breathing obstruction.

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