Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 42, Issue 9, pp 1119–1125

Congenital midline nasofrontal masses

  • Megan Saettele
  • Alan Alexander
  • Brian Markovich
  • John Morelli
  • Lisa H. Lowe
Pictorial Essay


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.


Encephalocele Dermoid Epidermoid Nasal glial heterotopias Children 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Megan Saettele
    • 1
  • Alan Alexander
    • 2
  • Brian Markovich
    • 2
  • John Morelli
    • 3
  • Lisa H. Lowe
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Missouri-Kansas CityKansas CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyGeorgetown University HospitalWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyScott and White/Texas A&M School of MedicineTempleUSA
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Missouri-Kansas CityKansas CityUSA
  5. 5.Department of RadiologyChildren’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and The University of Missouri-Kansas CityKansas CityUSA

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