This unusual and interesting case is presented because of a number of very striking and intriguing problems.
A 66-year-old woman was first seen at the Union Health Clinic on Nov. 6, 1957, because of a painful swelling of her left nostril. She gave a history that three weeks previously she developed an irritation in her left nostril, which she picked. She continued to pick her nose until a crust formed, which progressed to a small "pimple" with a yellow head. The tip of the nose began to swell and become extremely tender and painful. When the patient was seen at the clinic, the tip of the nose was acutely inflamed and presented a moderate swelling in the left nostril at the mesial and superior junction of the ala and the septum. The appearance was that of a typical furuncle. She was placed on antibiotics (crystalline procaine penicillin G [Crysticillin], 600,000
PERSKY AH. Carcinoma of the Tip of the Nose. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;68(5):634–638. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archotol.1958.00730020656014
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