This redefines “nasal cavity.”
A man who was struggling to breathe was flabbergasted after Mount Sinai surgeons discovered a half-inch-long tooth growing inside his right nostril.
The unnamed 38-year-old New York man had reported to the doctor after experiencing breathing difficulties for several years, according to a New England Journal of Medicine case study detailing the olfactory anomaly.
There, an examination revealed that the patient had a deviated septum — when the partition between the nasal passages is pushed to the side — as well as bone-like growths in the nose. These complications were vexing as the patient didn’t sport any visible facial trauma or abnormalities.
In order to get to the root of the problem, oral and maxillofacial surgeons Sagar Khanna and Michael Turner conducted a rhinoscopy — a nasal exam done via a tube-like instrument with a light and lens — whereupon they discovered a “hard, non-tender, white mass” poking up through “the floor of the right nostril.”