Hong Kong Med J 2006;12:477-9 | Number 6, December 2006
Nasal glioma
KH Ma, KL Cheung
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Yan Chai Hospital, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
Nasal gliomas are uncommon congenital lesions arising from abnormal embryonic development. Clinically, these masses are firm and incompressible. Histologically, they are made up of astrocytes and neuroglial cells, embedded in fibrous and vascular connective tissue. Proper management of a nasal glioma requires a multidisciplinary approach including an otorhinolaryngologist, radiologist, and neurosurgeon. Radiological investigations such as computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging should be performed to exclude intracranial extension. The mainstay of treatment is conservative surgical excision because nasal gliomas are slow-growing, rarely recurrent, and have no malignant potential. We report one case of nasal glioma in a Chinese infant. He had an uncomplicated surgical intervention with a good cosmetic result. A review of the clinical features of and diagnostic approach to nasal gliomas is also presented.
Key words: Glioma; Nose neoplasms; Therapy
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