Report of rare bilateral nasolabial cysts

Marius P. Marcoviceanu, Marc C. Metzger, Herbert Deppe, Nikolaus Freudenberg, Ahmad Kassem, Christoph Pautke, Bettina Hohlweg-Majert

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Purpose: Nasolabial cysts are usually unilateral and are quite rare, while bilateral cysts are even rarer. Patient and method: Our report concerns a 48-year-old female with bilateral nasolabial cysts. After many years of misdiagnosis she was finally referred to our clinic with a subnasal swelling of unknown origin. Result: Evaluation of the patient's medical history, clinical examination and of a previous CT scan led to the diagnosis of a nasolabial cyst, which was later confirmed by histological examination. Treatment involved the surgical excision. Conclusion: A complete surgical excision is recommended using a sublabial approach as the treatment of choice, although transnasal endoscopic marsupialization seems to be a simple and effective alternative. It has been shown that after successful marsupialization, the nasolabial cyst is converted to an air-containing paranasal sinus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-86
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • cyst
  • oral surgical procedures
  • pathology


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