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January 1936


Arch Otolaryngol. 1936;23(1):98-101. doi:10.1001/archotol.1936.00640040105010

Descriptions of verified instances of cavernous hemangio-endothelioma of the nose are rare in the literature, and little mention is made of the condition in standard textbooks. It was rarely mentioned in the literature until described by Crowe and Baylor1 in 1923. The growth arises from the ethmoid region in the lateral wall of the nose and is benign to the extent that it seldom forms metastases. It grows slowly. It is dangerous because of its highly vascular structure and because it grows by infiltration and is destructive to surrounding tissues. It may eventually fill the nose, invade the sinuses and the nasopharynx and finally erode the bony walls of one or more of these cavities. Nasal obstruction and severe profuse epistaxis are common symptoms. Facial disfigurement or exophthalmos may be present. In two patients mentioned by Barnes2 there was erosion of the anterior wall of the