Congenital nasal and paranasal masses

Ralph Abi Hachem, Austin Rose, Ramzi T. Younis

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Congenital nasal and paranasal masses are rare occurring in 1 in 20000 to 1 in 40000 live births. Commonly encountered masses are nasal dermoids, encephalocele and gliomas, the most common being nasal dermoids. They are due to developmental errors in embryogenesis at the level of the anterior neuropore, the central midface or the nasobuccal membrane and are associated with other congenital abnormalities. The differential diagnosis includes epidermoid cysts, hemangiomas, teratomas, neurofibromas, lipomas, lymphangiomas and nasolacrimal duct cysts. Presentation can range from benign cosmetic deformity to acute upper airway obstruction. Appropriate imaging with MRI and/or CT scan is essential for evaluation of intracranial extension and preoperative planning. Fine needle aspiration and biopsy are contraindicated. Treatment is mainly surgical either through an open external or an endoscopic endonasal approach and is multidisciplinary involving an otolaryngologist and a neurosurgeon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric and Adult SinoNasal Disorders
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781634822404
ISBN (Print)9781634822220
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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