Heminasal proboscis, a rare craniofacial cleft

J Craniofac Surg. 2014 Jan;25(1):e7-9. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e3182a2ec3a.


Craniofacial clefts are extremely rare congenital anomalies, the importance of which lies in their great range of variety of anatomic forms and their complex management. Proboscis is one of the rare cases of this kind in which half of the nose is separated from the face and it is only pedicled on the right or left medial canthal regions by a nose-like, rudimentary tubular structure. This article reports the case of a 3-month-old infant with left-sided proboscis. Left lower eyelid coloboma was also present. The proboscis was treated with local flaps at the age of 3 months, and at the age of 10 months the coloboma was managed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Coloboma / diagnosis
  • Coloboma / surgery
  • Craniofacial Abnormalities / diagnosis
  • Craniofacial Abnormalities / surgery*
  • Esthetics
  • Eyelids / abnormalities
  • Eyelids / surgery
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Free Tissue Flaps / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Nose / abnormalities*
  • Nose / surgery
  • Rhinoplasty / methods*
  • Surgical Flaps / surgery*