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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2014, Article ID 354672, 4 pages
Case Report

A Case of Nasal Glial Heterotopia in an Adult

1Department of Otolaryngology, Tokyo Medical University, 6-7-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
2Department of Otolaryngology, Kohsei Chuo General Hospital, 1-11-7 Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0062, Japan

Received 4 December 2013; Accepted 16 January 2014; Published 20 February 2014

Academic Editors: G. Donatini, V. A. Resto, I. Todt, and S. Ulualp

Copyright © 2014 Akira Hagiwara 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.


We report a rare case of nasal glial heterotopia in an adult. After the surgery, frontal lobe cerebral hemorrhage developed. A 58-year-old man had unilateral nasal obstruction that progressed for one year. He had been treated for hypertension, chronic heart failure, and cerebral infarction with aspirin and warfarin. A computed tomography scan showed that the tumor occupied the right nasal cavity and the sinuses with small defect in the cribriform plate. The tumor was removed totally with endoscopy. After the operation, the patient developed convulsions and frontal lobe cerebral hemorrhage. The hemorrhage site was located near a defect in the cribriform plate. Nasal glial heterotopia is a rare developmental abnormality, particularly rare in adult. Only few cases were reported. We could not find any report of adult nasal glial heterotopias that developed cerebral hemorrhage as a complication of the surgery.