European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

, Volume 273, Issue 3, pp 777–781 | Cite as

The nasal vestibular body: anatomy, clinical features, and treatment considerations

  • Garrett D. Locketz
  • Neville W. Teo
  • Evan Walgama
  • Ian M. Humphreys
  • Jayakar V. Nayak
Short Communication


Nasal obstruction is a common presenting complaint, with many possible etiologies. Herein, we provide an introductory anatomic description, clinical relevance, and proposed nomenclature for an underappreciated soft tissue focus in the nasal vestibule—the nasal vestibular body (NVB)—that can contribute to nasal obstruction in a subset of patients. This is a small mound of dynamic soft tissue in the lateral aspect of the internal nasal valve, situated inferior and anterior to the head of the inferior turbinate that can be missed on routine examination for many salient reasons. In well-selected patients, whose symptoms of nasal obstruction may in part be secondary to the presence of this soft tissue focus, directed testing and tissue reduction can be performed.


Nostril anatomy Nasal obstruction Nasal congestion Internal nasal valve Nasal vestibular body Inferior turbinate Deviated septum Nasal vestibule 



We appreciate the insight and input of our colleagues Drs. Andrew Thamboo and Nathalia Velasquez for this manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Garrett D. Locketz
    • 1
  • Neville W. Teo
    • 2
  • Evan Walgama
    • 1
  • Ian M. Humphreys
    • 3
  • Jayakar V. Nayak
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck SurgeryStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of OtolaryngologySingapore General HospitalSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck SurgeryUniversity of Washington Medical CenterSeattleUSA

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