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February 1963

Winged Nose

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Baylor University College of Medicine.

Arch Dermatol. 1963;87(2):267-269. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590140129021

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A patient was recently discovered who presented a unique and striking nasal deformity not previously seen nor described to our knowledge. Extending from the anterolateral portions of his external nares there were bilaterally symmetrical extensions resembling wings or flaps. These were attached to the margins of the ala nasi and produced a most striking and unusual countenance.

Report of Case

A 71-year-old white male was examined for a complaint of severe itching of the nose of several years duration. The patient's wife dated the onset of this condition to 1955, at which time the patient was hospitalized for a thrombosis of the right middle cerebral artery.

She stated that the lesions on his nose had not been present prior to the cerebral thrombosis. During his hospitalization it was noted that the patient developed the habit of pulling on his nostrils, stating that they itched. The wife further explained that she

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