A curious case of apparently typical nasal symptoms of a man was found in a medical journal after the doctors discovered that a tooth that was growing in his nose was actually the culprit. The 59-year-old had complained of a stuffy nose and the gradual loss of his sense of smell over the past two years. He had hired a specialist after topical steroids failed, reported LiveScience.
The man, who was not identified by name, underwent a CT scan at the University Hospital in Aarhus, Denmark, which revealed a mucous-lined mass in his nasal cavity. His doctors have suspected a dermoid cyst, which may look strange and have hairs or other strange features.
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But according to the study published in BMJ Case Reports on February 21, doctors surgically removed the growth and discovered an extremely rare case of wandering tooth. The case is so rare that doctors estimate that it only occurs in 0.1 to 1% of patients.
"A preserved nasal tooth is rare and the symptoms are variable," the authors said in a summary of the report. "It may look like other diseases such as chronic rhinosinusitis. Surgical removal is recommended to confirm the diagnosis and eliminate the symptoms. "
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According to the authors, the man's symptoms had improved after the removal of the tooth, but the doctors were still not sure of the cause of his growth or the length of his he remarks. A trauma or infection in the area can result in tooth loss or developmental problems, but this man had neither, reported LiveScience.
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"In our case, there was no obvious explanation," the doctors wrote in the report, according to LiveScience.