Recurrent epistaxis and unilateral intranasal mass in a teenager

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Objective: Rare disease Background: Epistaxis in children is a common problem encountered in outpatient clinics and emergency departments. A wide variety of conditions may cause recurrent epistaxis in children. We describe clinical, radiologic, and histologic features of a lobular capillary hemangioma presenting as a rapidly growing intranasal mass in a child with recurrent epistaxis. Case Report: A 16-year-old male presented with a 2-month history of recurrent unilateral epistaxis requiring multiple vis-its to the emergency department. The child had nasal obstruction, snoring, no recurrent sinus infections, no anosmia nor hyposmia, no weight loss, no night sweats, no fever, no decreased activity, and no easy bruising. He denied any history of local trauma. On physical examination, a fleshy violaceous mass was found, protrud-ing from and obliterating the right nasal cavity. Magnetic resonance imaging documented an avidly enhancing mass centered at the right nasal vestibule. Upon resection, histologic evaluation indicated a pyogenic granu-loma. At the 2-month followup, the surgical site was healed with no evidence of recurrent lesion. Conclusions: Lobular capillary hemangioma, although uncommon, should be considered in the differential diagnosis of recurrent epistaxis and intranasal mass in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere933075
JournalAmerican Journal of Case Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021


  • Child
  • Epistaxis
  • Granuloma, pyogenic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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