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July 1983

Complication of Septorhinoplasty: Benign or Malignant?

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Otolaryngology (Drs Anderson and Sprinkle) and Oral Pathology (Dr Bouquot), West Virginia University Medical Center, Morgantown; and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC (Dr Hyams). Dr Anderson is now in private practice in Sanford, NC.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1983;109(7):489-491. doi:10.1001/archotol.1983.00800210065017

• Routine septorhinoplasty on an unchanging nasal hump and deflected nasal septum resulted in subcutaneous respiratory epithelium, possibly surgically misplaced with a fibrotic host response. Progressive growth of the lesion over midface resulted in severe cosmetic deformity. Findings from repeated early biopsy specimens were benign. Removal of entire mass (44 g) failed to definitely resolve a tentative diagnosis of mucoepidermoid carcinoma, grade 1. A study will be made from a nationwide sample. Prevention, treatment, and final diagnosis are the ultimate objectives.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1983;109:489-491)

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