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December 1938


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1938;28(6):911-915. doi:10.1001/archotol.1938.00650040924002

This paper consists of (1) a brief discussion of teeth found in the nose, (2) the report of a case and (3) a concise bibliography. A discussion and a bibliography are included because of the lack of either in the literature available in the English language.

The German poet Goethe,1 in 1797, was the first to report a case of a tooth in the nose. Gassner2 in 1918 found reports of 70 cases in the literature, and Kramer3 in 1932 found 100. At least 4 other cases have been reported since, and there are many which have not been reported.4

Most nasal teeth are maxillary first incisors; some are canines, and a few are premolars and molars. Deciduous teeth are found, but not often. It is unusual to find more than one tooth in the nose. Probably a little more than one half of the teeth so found are supernumerary.