Focal Destruction of the Nasal Turbinates by Foreign Material : Our Case of The Month 2017
Sometimes life's a beach! This young and playful Golden Retriever was presented with unilateral nasal hemorrhage. CT was able to demonstrate focal destruction of the nasal turbinates by foreign material which was removed after the CT diagnosis and turned out to be a souvenir from his last trip to the beach. Thank you to Nele Ondreka, DVM, Dr. med. vet., DipECVDI for her interpretation of this interesting case and to Dr. Meaux of Mobile Pet Imaging for providing these diagnostic CT images.
A 5-year-old, FS, Golden Retriever was presented for right-sided epistaxis. A pre and post contrast CT of the patient's head was submitted for interpretation.
A rectangular hypoattenuating structure of 10 mm length and 6 mm height and width, respectively, is seen within the mid third of the right nasal cavity. The structure is located in the position of the former middle nasal meatus and is negative for contrast enhancement. Marked regional turbinate destruction is noted, as well as focal destruction of the nasal septum, adjacent to the rectangular object with mild extension of the destructive changes into the left nasal cavity. Slight regional mucosal swelling is noted, as well as a mild amount of fluid attenuating material on the floor of the right nasal cavity. The submandibular and medial retropharyngeal lymph nodes present within normal limits.