What is a broken nose? A broken nose is a fracture in the bone or cartilage of any part of the nose. A broken nose is usually the result of some type of trauma or blow to the face. A broken nose sometimes occurs together with other injuries to the face or neck. For this reason, individuals who sustain a broken nose need to be careful evaluation by a qualified health professional. Anyone can break his or her nose, and it is a commonly seen injury in people who participate in contact sports. A broken nose may be apparent due to obvious deformity of the nose. It is important not to try to realign any deformity yourself after an injury. A broken nose is one of the most common types of traumatic injuries and many cases heal without long-term or severe complications. However, a severe break can be serious, and surgery is sometimes required to repair the break and to return the nose to its original shape. A broken nose is usually accompanied by bleeding, which can be difficult to stop. Failure to identify and promptly drain a pocket of blood (hematoma) that is inside the nasal septum after a broken nose can result in tissue damage and the need for extensive reconstructive surgery. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) for serious symptoms, such as clear fluid continually leaking from a broken nose, a large amount of bleeding that will not stop, confusion, unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, or a neck injury. Seek prompt medical care if you suspect a broken nose but you do not have serious symptoms.