Skull Base Rep 2011; 1(2): 083-088
DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1284210
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Nasal Glioma: Prenatal Diagnosis and Multidisciplinary Surgical Approach

Olubunmi Ajose-Popoola1 , Harrison W. Lin2 , V. Michelle Silvera3 , Lisa A. Teot4 , Joseph R. Madsen5 , John G. Meara6 , Reza Rahbar7
  • 1Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Department of Radiology, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 4Department of Pathology, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 5Department of Neurosurgery, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 6Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 7Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
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Publication Date:
03 August 2011 (online)


Nasal gliomas are congenital, nonmalignant rests of neuroglial tissue that typically present as a craniofacial mass. The differential diagnosis of such masses includes lesions that often require the involvement of various surgical subspecialties, including otolaryngology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, and ophthalmology. Early surgical excision of these masses is advised to minimize nasal and craniofacial distortion. Accordingly, early diagnosis and management planning are paramount, and advances in prenatal imaging are creating a new role for obstetricians and radiologists in the initiation of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. We describe the case history of a young patient found to have a craniofacial mass on routine prenatal ultrasound and subsequently managed with a multidisciplinary team approach.


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