Glass Particles in the Nasal Cavity for 30 Years and Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Is There a Relationship?

Turk Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2022 Jun;60(2):114-117. doi: 10.4274/tao.2022.2022-1-12. Epub 2022 Aug 31.


Nasal cavity tumors constitute a very small part of head and neck malignancies. Although paranasal sinus tumors due to the presence of backward foreign bodies, neoplasms of nasal cavity associated with a foreign body are extremely rare. In this article, we presented a rare case of carcinoma in the right nasal cavity which includes glass particles inside it, and the role of glass particles in carcinogenesis was discussed. The patient was a 55-year-old male with history of a car accident 30 years ago. During right medial maxillectomy via a right lateral rhinotomy approach, three pieces of glass beads, approximately 0.5 cm in size, were removed from the inside of the mass. The patient had also under gone postoperative radiotherapy. No complication emerged during the postoperative recovery period. The patient had been followed up with no finding of local recurrence for 12 months.

Keywords: Carcinogen; foreign body; glass particles; nasal cavity; neoplasm.

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