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Surgical Technique
March 2003

Evaluation of Nasoalveolar Cysts for the Facial Plastic Surgeon

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Copyright 2003 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2003

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2003;5(2):185-188. doi:10.1001/archfaci.5.2.185

Asymmetrical alar flare without a history of trauma, surgery, or congenital clefting is extremely rare; therefore, a thorough investigation into the underlying reasons for the asymmetry should be undertaken before a unilateral alar base resection is performed. Nasoalveolar cyst is a readily apparent diagnosis that should not be missed after proper intranasal and intraoral examination. Excision is recommended via a sublabial approach. We describe a patient in whom a unilateral alar base reduction was initially recommended, when in fact she had a nasoalveolar cyst. We also discuss the histologic characteristics, embryological pattern, and differential diagnosis.