Nasolabial cyst

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Very long standing, painless right anterior nasal mass

Patient Data

Age: 60
Gender: Female

Typical location and MRI findings of a benign developmental cyst at the junction of the nose and cheek with minor pressure erosion on bone

Case Discussion

These cysts are rare and on histologic examination show a respiratory epithelial lining of pseudostratified ciliated columnar cells without inflammatory cells.

The origin is a matter of controversy being either retention cysts of mucous glands or fissural cysts due to embryonic nasal epithelium being trapped between the merging maxillary process and the medial and lateral nasal processes.

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Case information

rID: 18817
Published: 23rd Jul 2012
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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