Functional anatomy of the nasal bones and adjacent structures. Consequences for nasal surgery

Rhinology. 2018 Mar 1;56(1):89-95. doi: 10.4193/Rhin17.189.


The periosteum of the nasal bones, the periosteal-perichondrial nasal envelope, and the cartilaginous support of the bony vault were studied in serial coronal sections of four human cadaver noses. To differentiate between the various tissue components, the sections were stained according to Mallory-Cason and Verhoeff-Van Gieson stain. The results demonstrated: 1. the presence of clearly distinguishable layers of the periosteum covering the nasal bones; 2. the presence of a continuous periosteal-perichondrial covering of the bony and cartilaginous nasal vaults; 3. the way the cartilaginous support of the bony vault is constructed. The findings described in the present study may have clinical relevance in nasal surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anatomic Landmarks
  • Cadaver
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nasal Bone / anatomy & histology*
  • Nasal Cartilages / anatomy & histology*
  • Nasal Septum / anatomy & histology
  • Nose Diseases / surgery
  • Periosteum / anatomy & histology