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A giant rhinophyma closing the airway: Case report (p. 401-2)

A giant rhinophyma closing the airway: Case report (p. 401-2)

Rafet Ozbey
Malatya Training and Research Hospital, Clinic of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Malatya Turkey
Copyright © 2020 by authors and Annals of Medical Research Publishing Inc.


Rhinophyma is a progressive nasal deformity caused by hypertrophy of sebaceous glands and soft tissue of the nose. A 74-year-old male patient presented with a giant bad-smelling mass hanging down from the alar wings, causing difficulty in breathing and eating. Under local anesthesia, the lesion was excised and the defect was closed with a full thickness skin graft. The patient recovered without any problem and got out of difficulty in breathing and feeding. The treatment of rhinophymas, which have reached a large size, increases the patient’s life quality, can breathe more easily and eat, increase their self-esteem and improve the social life of the patient. The size of the defect occurred after excision of giant rhinophyma limits the use of flaps. However, it can be used to cover the large defects and provide a rapid recovery, which makes graft use a step forward in the treatment of giant rhinophimas.

Keywords: Rhinophyma; breathing difficulty; skin graft


doi: 10.5455/annalsmedres.2019.12.914



Annals of Medical Research is the scientific official journal of the Inonu University Faculty of Medicine. It is published monthly. The essential aim of the Annals of Medical Research is to publish scientifically high quality clinical and experimental research articles on fields of medicine which can contribute to the literature data. In addition, review articles, case reports, editorials, letters to the editors and manuscripts on publication ethics and medical history, which can contribute to the education and practices of physicians and health sector professionals within the scope of the journal’s target audience and which can increase the level of scientific communication between the authors and readers, are included in the scope of the journal.


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