Proboscis lateralis

Gary J. Lelli, Elizabeth A. Maher, James P. Milite, Robin Dyleski

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An otherwise healthy 1-month-old female infant presented with a congenital nasal appendage in the left medial canthal region with associated left-sided nasal hypoplasia. The diagnosis of proboscis lateralis was made, and a 2-stage excision and reconstruction was performed in conjunction with probing and irrigation of the lacrimal system. The patient had markedly abnormal nasal anatomy, but a patent lower canalicular system with anomalous entry in the nose and a distally stenotic upper canalicular system on the affected side. A case report and review of proboscis lateralis is provided, as treatment of this rare congenital malformation should be multidisciplinary and necessitates an informed oculoplastic surgeon or ophthalmologist's assistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-501
Number of pages3
JournalOphthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes


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