Nasopharyngeal (Tornwaldt’s) cyst: rare finding in a habitual snorer

  • WSJ NG
  • Sinnathuray AR

Abstract

A nasopharyngeal (Tornwaldt’s) cyst is uncommon. It is often asymptomotic; however it may cause problem if it too big becomes. We present a case of a 24-year-old Malay girl who had been a habitual snorer for years but was unaware of the significance of her problem. Opportunities for an earlier referral and assessment were missed since we were not aware of her history despite previous related but non-specific consultations at our primary healthcare centre. She was referred to us a few years later when her nasopharyngeal cyst became infected. After a course of antibiotics, she proceeded with an endoscopic resection of the nasopharyngeal cyst. A follow-up visit six months later did not reveal a recurrence. This case highlights the importance of a good history for the diagnosis of a nasopharyngeal cyst.

Author Biographies

WSJ NG
Sinnathuray AR

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Published
2012-12-01
How to Cite
NGW., & ARS. (2012). Nasopharyngeal (Tornwaldt’s) cyst: rare finding in a habitual snorer. Malaysian Family Physician, 7(2 & 3), 3. Retrieved from https://www.e-mfp.org/ojs3/index.php/MFP/article/view/8
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