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Dr Marie Louise Moeller at Ear, Nose and Throat, University Hospital Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark and colleagues have reported a rare case of Nose blockage and loss of smell in a patient as a result of retained tooth in nasal cavity.The case has been reported in the journal BMJ Case Reports.
A man who suffered from nasal congestion and nasal blockage of left nostril which had been stuffy, drippy and was losing its ability to smell for two years.He was amazed when he was told that his symptoms were neither due to allergy,viral or bacterial infection but it was due to a retained tooth in the nasal cavity
A retained nasal tooth is rare occurring in just 0.1 to 1 percent of the population and more commonly in men.Sometimes, teeth can grow in a person’s nose because of trauma or infections that affect either area.Developmental problems such as a cleft lip or cleft palate can also cause errant teeth to grow in the nose.Its symptoms are variable and it can resemble other diseases such as chronic rhinosinusitis. Surgical removal is recommended to confirm the diagnosis and eliminate symptoms.
The carry home message is that one should always consider this possibility when dealing with a case of chronic sinusitis.
Dr Kamal Kant Kohli-MBBS, DTCD- a chest specialist with more than 30 years of practice and a flair for writing clinical articles, Dr Kamal Kant Kohli joined Medical Dialogues as an Editor-in-Chief for the Speciality Medical Dialogues section. Besides writing articles, as an editor, he proofreads and verifies all the medical content published on Medical Dialogues including those coming from journals, studies,medical conferences,guidelines etc.
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