Pictorial Essay

Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 42, Issue 9, pp 1119-1125

Congenital midline nasofrontal masses

  • Megan SaetteleAffiliated withDepartment of Radiology, University of Missouri-Kansas City Email author 
  • , Alan AlexanderAffiliated withDepartment of Radiology, Georgetown University Hospital
  • , Brian MarkovichAffiliated withDepartment of Radiology, Georgetown University Hospital
  • , John MorelliAffiliated withDepartment of Radiology, Scott and White/Texas A&M School of Medicine
  • , Lisa H. LoweAffiliated withDepartment of Radiology, University of Missouri-Kansas CityDepartment of Radiology, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and The University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Abstract

Congenital midline nasal masses are uncommon anomalies including nasal dermoids/epidermoids, nasal glial heterotopias and encephaloceles. These lesions can occur at the nasal bridge, extend intranasally and have intracranial extension with communication to the subarachnoid space. Therefore, accurate diagnosis of these lesions is critically important for presurgical planning and prevention of potentially fatal complications. Neuroimaging is essential in the evaluation of congenital midline nasal masses to identify the specific type of lesion, evaluate for the presence of intracranial extension and allow for appropriate presurgical planning.

Keywords

Encephalocele Dermoid Epidermoid Nasal glial heterotopias Children