Non-resolving acute sinusitis due to nasal hamartoma: a case report

Non-resolving acute sinusitis due to nasal hamartoma: a case report

Fausto Martinez, MD1,2, David Zambrano, MD1

1Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery, Hospital Vozandes Quito, Ecuador; 2Professor of Otolaryngology, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador

The paranasal sinuses are closely related to vital structures, and therefore, rhinosinusitis may lead to various dangerous complications. Nasal chondromesenchymal hamartoma is a rare benign lesion of the sinonasal tract in children and adolescents. We report the case of a 15-year-old patient with antibiotic-refractory acute sinusitis in whom a nasal tumor was identified and histopathologically diagnosed as a hamartoma. Therefore, the tumor was removed surgically to alleviate the patient’s symptoms. This case highlights the necessity of investigating the underlying cause if conventional treatment fails to resolve a mild disease like acute sinusitis. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a chondro-osseous respiratory epithelial adenomatoid hamartoma presenting with acute sinusitis.

Keywords: nasal hamartoma, acute sinusitis, nasal endoscopy

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Fausto Martinez, David Zambrano. Non-resolving acute sinusitis due to nasal hamartoma: a case report. International Journal of Case Reports, 2021, 5:233. DOI: 10.28933/ijcr-2021-06-2505


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