Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2009 Apr;52(4):366-368. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2009.52.4.366.

The First Case of a True Bifid Inferior Turbinate

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea. docjung@paran.com

Abstract

As the imaging techniques and the endoscopic procedures have improved, reports about structural variations of the nasal cavity have increased. The bifid inferior turbinate is an extremely rare variation of the nasal cavity and only four cases have been reported to this date. All cases with a bifid inferior turbinate had absence of the uncinate process. Therefore, these findings were interpreted as the bifid inferior turbinates originating from the uncinate process. Here we report a case of bifid inferior turbinate without any combined variation including missing uncinate process. The patient had no history of trauma or nasal surgery. We present this case as the first report of a "true" bifid inferior turbinate with a review of the relevant literature.

Keyword

Turbinate; Nasal cavity; Variation
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