Longitudinal shape changes of the nasal dorsum. Academic Article uri icon


  • This investigation quantifies childhood and adolescent growth changes of the upper and lower nasal dorsum and evaluates various aspects of the persons' morphology that relate to shape changes of the dorsum. A longitudinal sample of 37 French-Canadian girls, each having cephalograms at 6, 10, and 14 years of age, was evaluated. The 6- to 10-year interval was chosen to represent childhood growth; the 10- to 14-year interval represented adolescent growth. The upper dorsum rotates upward and forward (counterclockwise) approximately 10 degrees between 6 to 14 years of age. The lower dorsum shows both downward and backward (clockwise) and upward and forward (counterclockwise) rotation average childhood and adolescent changes in angulation were not significant. The results clearly indicate that changes in the nasal dorsum are most closely related to angulation changes of the lower dorsum, particularly during adolescence. The lower dorsum rotates downward and backward in persons who show greater vertical and less horizontal growth changes. Rotational changes of the lower dorsum are most closely related with vertical changes at pronasale.

published proceedings

  • Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop

author list (cited authors)

  • Buschang, P. H., De La Cruz, R., Viazis, A. D., & Demirjian, A.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Buschang, PH||De La Cruz, R||Viazis, AD||Demirjian, A

publication date

  • December 1993