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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 156-158

Paired discharging sinuses at medial canthus of left eye and dorsum of nose in a 2-year toddler since birth associated with interfalcial dermoid

1 Department of Neurosurgery, Neurosciences Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Date of Web Publication3-Aug-2016

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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.187649

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Twin nasal dermal sinus with associated intracranial dermoid located in interfalcial region is a very rare occurrence and is reported only in the occipital and temporal regions. However, multiple sinuses located in the canthus and dorsum of nose are not reported till date. Authors report an interesting first case of interfalcial dermoid cyst associated with twin discharging dermal sinuses, who underwent successful surgical repair in the world literature. The authors report the management of an unusual case and the review has been discussed briefly.

Keywords: Falx dermoid, nasal sinus, twin sinus

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Satyarthee GD, Verma N, Mahapatra A K. Paired discharging sinuses at medial canthus of left eye and dorsum of nose in a 2-year toddler since birth associated with interfalcial dermoid. J Pediatr Neurosci 2016;11:156-8

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Satyarthee GD, Verma N, Mahapatra A K. Paired discharging sinuses at medial canthus of left eye and dorsum of nose in a 2-year toddler since birth associated with interfalcial dermoid. J Pediatr Neurosci [serial online] 2016 [cited 2022 Dec 8];11:156-8. Available from: https://www.pediatricneurosciences.com/text.asp?2016/11/2/156/187649

   Introduction Top

The dermoid cyst associated with sinus opening located over the skin of the nose was termed as nasal dermal sinus-cyst by Sessions in 1982. [1] It represents very uncommon congenital anomalies with dermoid cyst located in the frontobasal area and nasal dermal sinus. [2],[3] Dermal sinus of occipital region or lumbar region associated with dermoid is well known. However, nasal dermal sinus is extremely rare and accounts for about 10% of head and neck sinus. [4],[5] Intracranial extension of a nasal sinus is extremely rare and the sinus tract usually traverses either the foramen ceacum or the cribriform plate and further extends to get attached to dura or forms of a cyst within the falx cerebri. [3],[4],[6] Authors present a case having double sinus tract with interfalcial dermoid cyst. Anterior neuropore defective closure leads to a defect in anterior cranial fossa floor, i.e., foramen caecum, cribriform plate, ethmoid bones, and sphenoid. Faulty involution of the dural tract is hypothesized to result in intracranial dermoid. [2],[4],[6]

   Case Report Top

A 2-year-old toddler presented with complaints of a turbid-colored discharge from twin sites including medial canthus of the left eye and dorsum nasal bridge [Figure 1]a since birth. On admission, he was conscious and normal neurological examination and normal developmental milestones.
Figure 1: (a) Photograph showing dermal sinus at medial canthus of the left eye and another at dorsum of nose in a 2-year-old child. (b) Photograph of the excised specimen (c) Intra-operative photograph showing interfalcial dermoid cyst in the relation to falx after retraction of the right frontal lobe

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Noncontrast computed tomography (CT) scan head revealed a hypodense well-delineated mass lesion in the interfalcial with defect in the cribriform plates with extension of sinus tract [Figure 2]. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain axial section T2-weighted image showing interfalcine mass lesion with extension through cribriform plate and further, sinus tract better delineated in sagittal section [Figure 3]a and b. Lesion was slightly hyperintense on T2-weighted image coronal section [Figure 3]c.
Figure 2: Computed tomography scan head of 2-year-old toddler showing hypodense lesion in the anterior cranial fossa floor

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Figure 3: Magnetic resonance imaging brain of interfalcial dermoid with sinus tract in a 2-year-old boy. (a) T2-weighted image axial section showing the interfalcial dermoid (black arrow). (b) T2-weighted image coronal depicting extent of dermoid (black arrow). (c) T2 sagittal image even displaying and sinus tract and dermoid cyst (arrow)

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He underwent bicoronal scalp flap and fronto-orbital craniotomy after dural opening and retracting right frontal lobe laterally the yellowish white-colored encapsulated dermoid was visualized. The dermoid was attached to leaflet of the falx [Figure 1]b after opening capsule, the cheesy white materials with hairs were evacuated and capsule was also completely excised [Figure 1]c. The sinus tract was well defined and excised; it was found to be attached to the sinus near the medial canthus of the left eye. He had uneventful postoperative course. Postoperative CT scan showed complete excision. He had no fresh discharges till last follow-up after 16 months following the surgical procedure.

   Discussion Top

The sinus tract can externally open at any location on the skin of nose between the glabella and base of the columella. [2],[3] Double nasal discharging sinuses are not reported in the literature. Discharging sinus is a common symptom for seeking medical advice; however, neglected cases may present with either manifestation of local infections, i.e., periorbital and nasal cellulitis, nasal abscess, anomalies of nose, or osteomyelitis. Unfortunately in the neglected cases, infection to the intracranial cavity can produce features of meningitis, abscess, or cerebrospinal fluid leaks. [2],[7]

Agrawal et al. observed dermal sinuses located in the cranial region are rare and usually occur in the posterior fossa and placed along the midline, and laterally placed cranial dermal sinus is also extremely rare. [8] The authors could find only two cases of laterally placed dermoid sinus including their one case in the literature search, who had dermoid in the temporal region having multiple sinuses, but none in the frontonasal region. [8] Multiple sinuses located in the canthus and dorsum of nose are not reported till date. However, current case had twin nasal dermal sinuses with associated intracranial dermoid located in the interfalcial region and constitute an interesting first case in the world literature of frontonasal region twin sinus associated with falcine dermoid, who underwent successful surgical repair.

Neuroimaging feature suggesting intracranial extension are intracranial soft tissue masses and associated bony changes may be widened nasal septum, bifid crista galli, and defects in the cribriform plate. [4] MRI still remains the gold standard to evaluate intracranial extension. The differential diagnosis of nasal dermal sinus includes dermoid, epidermoid, inflammatory granuloma, and neoplasms. [2],[5],[7]

Although the treatment of dermoid cysts is surgical, biopsy is contraindicated. The operative planning mainly depends on intracranial extension presence or absence. [3],[5] Currently, endoscopic assistance may be a good adjunct in radical excision. Surgical approach may require cranial exposure, nasal approach, or a combination of the two, and is dictated by the location of dermoid and extent of sinus tract. The surgical excision should be as radical as possible, to avoid tumor recurrence. Incomplete excision is the cause for the 20% recurrence rate. [7]

Histologically, dermoid cyst contains both ectoderm and the mesodermal derivatives, typically the presence of keratinizing squamous epithelium is associated with hair, smooth muscle, sebaceous and sweat glands, and adipose tissue. [3] Early diagnosis with suspicion of intracranial extension must be kept as possibility and providing prompt diagnosis and management can result in good outcome and spare from complication of neglected infective complications. [3]

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   References Top

Sessions RB. Nasal dermal sinuses - New concepts and explanations. Laryngoscope 1982;92:1-28.  Back to cited text no. 1
Abramson RC, Morawetz RB, Schlitt M. Multiple complications from an intracranial epidermoid cyst: Case report and literature review. Neurosurgery 1989;24:574-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
Tripathi AK, Satyarthee GD, Sharma BS, Mishra S. Cervicodorsal dermoid cyst. Pan Arab J Neurosurg 2011;15:97-9.  Back to cited text no. 3
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Klein O, Simon E, Coffinet L, Joud A, Ghetemme C, Marchal JC. Nasal dermal sinus in children: A review based on a series of 6 cases. Neurochirurgie 2014;60:27-32.  Back to cited text no. 5
Re M, Tarchini P, Macrì G, Pasquini E. Endonasal endoscopic approach for intracranial nasal dermoid sinus cysts in children. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2012;76:1217-22.  Back to cited text no. 6
Wardinsky TD, Pagon RA, Kropp RJ, Hayden PW, Clarren SK. Nasal dermoid sinus cysts: Association with intracranial extension and multiple malformations. Cleft Palate Craniofac J 1991;28:87-95.  Back to cited text no. 7
Agrawal A, Vagha SJ, Joharapurkar SR. Multiple discharging sinuses since birth: An unusual presentation of pterional dermoid cyst. Infect Dis Clin Pract 2009;17:35-8.  Back to cited text no. 8


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