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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2011, Article ID 431365, 3 pages
Case Report

Intraosseous Cavernous Hemangioma of Inferior Turbinate: A Rare Case Report

Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, School of Medicine, Ankara University, 06100 Ankara, Turkey

Received 26 June 2011; Accepted 14 July 2011

Academic Editors: M.-K. Chen, L. D'Ascanio, and M. Granados-Garcia

Copyright © 2011 M. N. Akiner et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objectives. To investigate hemangiomas in the differential diagnosis of the nasal cavity neoplasms, even though it is an extremely rare mesenchymal tumor of the nasal cavity, and the world literature was reviewed. Case Report. A 57-year-old woman applied to our department with a 5-year history of left-sided nasal obstruction without history of epistaxis, nasal packaging, or facial trauma. Anterior rhinoscopic examination revealed a mass originating from inferior turbinate that completely obstructs the left nasal cavity. Paranasal computed tomography (CT) showed that the bony mass originated from the anterior part of the left inferior turbinate. Surrounding tissues were normal, and there was not any erosion or destruction. Mass was excised by the endoscopic approach. Histological diagnosis was reported as osseous cavernous hemangioma. Conclusion. Hemangiomas are a rare cause of intranasal masses. Its unusual site and masked presentation makes the differential diagnosis difficult. When a bony hard, well-shaped mass was seen in the nasal cavity, the possibility of intraosseous hemangioma must be remembered.