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Saturday 01 June 2002

[Intranasal rhinosporidiosis: presentation of the 1st case seen in the Congo]

By: Ondzotto G.

Bull Soc Pathol Exot 2002 Jun;95(2):78-80

Rhinosporidiosis, granulomatosis affection due to Rhinosporidium seeberi, is rare in Africa. We report the first Congolese case observed in a 37 year old adult, who presented a tumorous formation obstructing the left nasal fossa, having developed over more than 5 years, occasionally accompanied by epistaxis. Diagnosis was made through an anatomo-pathological examination of the exeresis biopsy. The treatment essentially consisted in surgical tumorous exeresis, followed by electrocoagulation of the implantation area. Evolution has been favourable with a rebound of 7 years. In order to measure the frequency of rhinosporidiosis in Africa, anatomo-pathological examination of all O.R.L. polyps must be systematic.

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