[Rhinolithiasis: review about 18 cases]

S Kharoubi
Revue de Laryngologie—Otologie—Rhinologie 2004, 125 (4): 257-62

OBJECTIVE: This study reports 18 cases of rhinolithiasis.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: They were diagnosed and treated between 1990 and 2004.

RESULTS: The population is mainly composed of adults (55%), female, and coming very often from unfavourable socio-economic conditions. This pathology is rarely asymptomatic. It comprises mainly a unilateral chronic rhinitis sometimes stinking and bloody. The diagnosis is made with nasal endoscopy which is characteristic. The CT scan is very interesting for a local assessment and shows associated lesions. Extraction by natural approach ways more often under local anaesthesia was the usual therapeutic process. Rhinolitis were of 5 to 50 mms diameter with only 3 associated foreign bodies (16%). Complications are rare (epistaxis: 11%).

CONCLUSION: according to the review of the literature the outcome is generally favourable. (full article translated in English available on

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