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Man complains of blocked nose, doctor finds tooth growing inside

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Filed on November 13, 2019
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He had been struggling to sleep at night.

In a rare case, a 30-year-old Chinese man was shocked to discover a tooth growing in his nostril, which doctors said was his own tooth that had broken when he was 10.

Zhang Binsheng was suffering from persistent blocked nose and struggled to breathe out of his nose for three months, quoted Chinese media reports.

Doctors advised him to undergo an X-ray when he told them he had been struggling to sleep at night and also had a constant smell of 'decay' in his nostrils.

The X-ray revealed a shadow of 'high density' at the back of his nasal cavity caused by a tooth growing in his nostril. Doctors believed it to be Binsheng's own long-missing tooth which had been knocked out of his mouth when he fell from the third floor of a mall at the age of 10.

Dr. Guo Longmei, at the Fourth Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University, in Harbin, China, said the tooth measuring 1cm managed to root and grow in Binsheng's nose. It was extracted during a 30-minute surgery last week.

A tooth growing in nostril is considered to be rare, with less than 0.1 per cent of the population likely to be affected with only 23 incidents of the odd condition recorded in medical journals between between 1959 and 2008, experts claimed. Known in medical terms as intranasal retained tooth, it can also be caused by physical damage to the face, or developmental problems.

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