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The Doctors share the story of a tooth lodged in a man’s nasal cavity! The man had been suffering from cold-like symptoms for over two years and finally the culprit, a tooth, was identified!
Ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr. Payman Simoni joins The Doctors to explain what happened here. This man was being treated for sinus infections but with normal medications he was not getting better. His doctor did a CT scan and saw there was an abnormality in his nose so they went in and tried to remove it. Once they removed it and tested it, it was found to be a tooth growing in his nose!
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landy points out how rare a situation like this is; there have only been 23 reported cases between 1959-2008. Dr. Simoni agrees, explaining because having a tooth growing in another part of the body is so rare that is why it was not diagnosed in this man early on. He adds that while unlikely, it does happen, and there have been cases of teeth growing in not only the sinuses but also in the eye or an ovary.
If the tooth was not found, Dr. Simoni explains this man’s symptoms would have gotten worse until it was removed. When there is a part of the body that is not supposed to be there, the body will realize this and develop an infected tissue around it.
An unlikely scenario but the takeaway is if you have chronic sinusitis, more than three times a year, that is not getting better with repeated bouts of antibiotics, you have to ask your doctor to dig deeper and make sure you visit a specialist.