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Cutaneous leishmaniasis: an unusual cause of nasal obstruction

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Nasal and sinus-related illnesses are among the most common reasons for appointments to otolaryngologists and allergists. The usual causes include septal deviation, allergic rhinitis, polyps and so on. Apart from the common cold, allergic rhinitis is probably the most common cause of nasal obstruction. Allergic rhinitis is most common during adolescence and improves significantly during middle age and wanes during old age. The anatomical causes including septal deviation and adenoids constitute other common causes of nasal obstruction. The unusual causes include middle turbinate osteoma, concha bullosa of the inferior turbinate, congenital nasal pyriform aperture stenosis, and congenital inferior turbinate hypertrophy. We describe the case of a 44-year-old man with localized cutaneous leishmaniasis, a hitherto unobserved cause of nasal obstruction, cured with intravenous sodium stibogluconate.

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Ghoshal, L., Das, S., Chowdhury, J. et al. Cutaneous leishmaniasis: an unusual cause of nasal obstruction. Egypt J Otolaryngol 31, 71–72 (2015). https://doi.org/10.4103/1012-5574.152712

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Keywords

  • cutaneous leishmaniasis
  • Leishman-Donovan bodies
  • nasal obstruction
  • unusual cause