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January 1958

An Uncommon Case of Neurogenic Nasal Tumor

Author Affiliations

Milan, Italy
From the Otorhinological Clinic of the University of Milan and from the Pathology Department of the Cancer Institute of Milan.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;67(1):93-97. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010097020

We report a case of primitive tumor of the nasal fossa, whose histological interpretation has given rise to some difficulties.

Report of Case  The patient, a boy aged 13, was first seen in October, 1953, with a history of nasal obstruction and frequent epistaxis from the right nasal fossa. A polyp was observed in the right nasal cavity and removed. The specimen was taken to a pathologist, who made a histological diagnosis of chordoma.The patient recovered completely and was quite well until summer, 1954, when he noticed again a nasal obstruction which was accompanied by bloody ichorous discharge; he complained further of a slight pain in the frontal region and the root of the nose and of frequent headaches. A relapse of the tumor in the right nasal cavity was diagnosed, and a small portion of the mass was removed for histological examination. The biopsy report was again