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Are broken noses an intrinsic part of Egyptian life, or is there a deeper explanation for this rude new trend?
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Popular pausasia -- "broken nose syndrome" -- is where students accidentally break their noses by trying to maintain balance while walking on broken-rimmed glass.
Some experts claim the stunt is one of the latest quirky trends sweeping schools around the world. Others don't believe broken noses are an inevitable part of physical education.
"People call it 'broken nose syndrome' because they see a young person with a broken nose and assume it's normal for adolescents, but it's not," says Dr. Rohanad Mathys, an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at University of Michigan Health System.
"It's a safety issue for the student, so they have to balance themselves by having the nose broken."
Cutting it close
Dr. Rohanad Mathys
Dr. Aymah Farouk, chair of the cosmetic surgery department at St. Luke's Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, says he has noticed the alarming trend in the U.S.
"When there are high school students who look like they have broken noses, or their nose seems to be breaking apart, the media starts to cover it," Farouk tells CNN.
"Then a lot of people start to laugh at them, think they're funny, and file stories about them on social media."
The obvious answer
Dr. Karriaka Iavarone, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at New York University Langone Medical Center, believes broken noses are meant to be laughed at.
"Dr. Kamal Khalifa said it best when he said, 'I wouldn't laugh at your broken nose but if it were the mascot who was crying, I would,'" says Iavarone.
"I don't believe there's any science to it -- and we're becoming a society of experts now. The idea of broken noses is inherently silly."
In the case of pupil and cervix injuries, physical injuries from stumbling are the most common causes, Iavarone says.
"It's impossible to snap a broken nose in half -- it would take at least 20 seconds," she adds.