A Saudi Arabian man who got fed up after experiencing
frequent nosebleeds finally went to a doctor and found he had a rogue tooth
growing - in his nose.
The 22-year-old, who had had at least one nosebleed a month
for three years, was told to his horror that a white bony mass was growing in
his nasal cavity. Doctors found an ivory-white, bony mass, about half an inch
(1 centimetre) long in his nose.
The 'intranasal supernumerary tooth' was scratching the
inside of his nose, causing the bleeding, states the study, published in the
American Journal of Case Reports. Doctors from the King Fahd Military Medical Complex in
Dhahran, were particularly surprised at the nose-tooth
as the man in question had an almost perfect set of teeth in his mouth.
After being put under general anaesthetic, the tooth was
extracted successfully. Dr John Hellstein, one of the authors of the study said
that though rare, extra teeth could develop near the incisors and some would
occasionally grow upwards.