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Man was having a hard time breathing, turns out he had a tooth growing in his nose

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A 38-year-old man in New York was having issues with his breathing for several years. After doctors and surgeons examined him, it was determined he had a half-inch long tooth growing inside his right nostril.

According to a New England Journal of Medicine case study, the patient came in having breathing issues and an exam was done, which revealed he had a deviated septum. This is when the partition between the nasal passages is pushed to the side. They also found bone-like growths in his nose. The odd thing was the patient did not show any signs of facial trauma or abnormalities.

To figure out what exactly was going on, surgeons Sagar Khanna and Michael Turner decided to do a rhinoscopy, which is a nasal exam that is done using a tube-like instrument with a light and lens. During this exam, the surgeons found a “hard, non-tender, white mass” coming up through “the floor of the right nostril,” the New York Post reported.

To put it in terms everyone might be able to understand, the man had a tooth growing in his nose!

The patient had a 15-millimeter ectopic tooth, which means he had a tooth in an abnormal place, the New York Post stated. This is a very rare condition and when it does happen, we see teeth sprouting up in the jawbone under the gum and not in someone’s nose. A 2019 study showed that the condition affects from 0.1 to 1% of the population.

Despite studies into these conditions, there is no clear reason why this happens. Doctors have blamed trauma and infections for the phenomenon happening, as well as a cleft lip or cleft palate, which is a split in the roof of the mouth since birth.

For this New York man, doctors were able to go in and remove the tooth from his nostril using an invasive intra-nasal surgery. Per the report, the patient was showing no signs of postoperative complications.

The study went on to say that the patient had a follow-up visit three months after surgery and “the patient’s symptoms of nasal obstruction had resolved.” All clear now!

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