Nasal gouty tophus: Report a rare case presenting as a nasal hump with nasal obstruction

John Chung Han Wu, Pang Yun Chou, Chih Hao Chen*

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Dorsal nasal gouty tophus are rare occurrences with limited documentation. Here we report a male patient who has a history of poorly controlled gouty arthritis. He had nasal obstruction with an enlarging mass over his left nasal ridge for the past three years. Image studies revealed a nasal bone defect underneath the nasal lesion. The firm mass was excised and confirmed to be of gouty origin. The nasal bone defect was repaired with a titanium mesh plate to prevent nasal depression. He has fully recovered with no more nasal obstruction or recurrence of nasal tophus. The case report illustrates a common illness, gout, with a rare clinical manifestation leading to a common symptom, nasal obstruction. It demonstrates the importance of a detailed history, a thorough physical examination and most important of all, an extensive differential diagnosis in our clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-297
Number of pages3
JournalBiomedical Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 01 08 2016

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  • Bone
  • Gouty tophus
  • Nose


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