A curious case of a man's seemingly typical nasal symptoms landed in a medical journal after doctors discovered that a tooth growing in his nose was the actual culprit. The 59-year-old had complained of a stuffy nose, and the gradual loss of his sense of smell over the past two years and had sought the help of a specialist after topical steroids failed to help,
The man , who had a CT scan at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, revealed a mucous-covered mass in his nasal cavity. His doctors suspected a dermoid cyst, which can take on a strange appearance and have hair or other bizarre features.
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But according to the study published in BMJ Case Reports on Feb. 21
"A retained nasal tooth is rare, and the symptoms are variable," the authors noted in the report's abstract. "It can resemble other diseases such as chronic rhinosinusitis.
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According to the authors, the man's symptoms were improved after the tooth was removed, but doctors still are not sure what caused the tooth to grow, or how long it had been present without him noticing. Trauma or infection to the area may result in misplaced tooth or developmental issues, but this man did not have any, LiveScience reported.
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"In our case there was no obvious explanation," the doctors wrote in the report, according to LiveScience