Dislocation of the inferior turbinate

Case contributed by Dr Heba Abdelmonem


Breast cancer with severe headache.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Female

Cuts taken through the nasal cavity reveal abnormal lesion near the left posterior choana with a signal corresponds to the related nasal turbinates; the anterior part of the left nasal cavity is empty with non-visualized left inferior turbinate. Multiple small scattered lacunar infarcts. No evidence of intracranial metastasis.

Case Discussion

Although a rare condition, this case demonstrates dislocation of the inferior nasal turbinate into the nasopharynx. In this case with the patient giving a history of cancer breast metastasis is an optimal differential, however, the empty nasal cavity and the signal of the lesion that is very similar to the contralateral turbinates makes the diagnosis of dislocation more likely. A dislocated turbinate may cause headache, respiratory problem or even sleep apnea.

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Case information

rID: 66416
Published: 22nd Feb 2019
Last edited: 24th Feb 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Zagazig University Hospital

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