A case of rhinolithiasis
in Botswana: a mineralogical, microscopic and chemical study.
The reported incidence of rhinolithiasis is 1 in 10,000 patients.
A diagnosis of rhinolithiasis may be solely clinical, occurring after direct visualization by anterior rhinoscopy or nasal endoscopy.
The aim of this article is to present a case with rhinolithiasis which also has ipsilateral asymmetric adenoid hypertrophy.
The patient underwent endonasal endoscopic surgery with the diagnosis of rhinolithiasis.
1) Rhinolithiasis was first described in 1654, and since then, more than 600 cases have been reported in the literature.
Rhinolithiasis is a possible diagnosis for patients with densely mineralized lesions that appear to be benign and do not cause bony destruction.
The most common manifestations of rhinolithiasis are unilateral nasal discharge, nasal obstruction, and facial pain.
Rhinolithiasis occurs as a result of the calcification of an endogenous or exogenous nidus.
Based on the patient's clinical history and CT findings, we hypothesized that he had rhinolithiasis
2,3) When symptoms of rhinolithiasis do occur, they can range from a slight unilateral nasal discharge or obstruction to marked structural changes, depending on how long the mass has been present.
5) We report an unusual case of rhinolithiasis, and we briefly review the characteristics of this entity.