Prenatal diagnosis of a nasal glioma in the mid trimester

P. De Biasio, E. Scarso, F. Prefumo, C. Odella, A. Rossi, P. L. Venturini

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We report a case of fetal nasal glioma diagnosed at 21 weeks of gestation. The glioma appeared as a moderately hypoechoic mass arising from the junction between the medial aspect of the left orbit and the lateral aspect of the nose, and showing no internal vascularization on color and power Doppler ultrasonography. Fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) excluded the possibility of an encephalocele by ruling out underlying bone defects. After an uneventful pregnancy, the nasal glioma was resected without complications at 4 months of age. The differential diagnosis of fetal paranasal facial masses is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-573
Number of pages3
JournalUltrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2006


  • Facial mass
  • Fetal facial tumor
  • Nasal glial heterotopia
  • Nasal glioma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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