Nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, nasopharynx
Inflammatory / infectious lesions
Cholesterol granuloma

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 16 May 2018, last major update November 2004

Copyright: (c) 2004-2018,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Cholesterol granuloma nasal

Cite this page: Pernick, N. Cholesterol granuloma. website. Accessed November 18th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Rare in nasal cavity or sinuses; usually associated with chronic middle ear disease
  • May be a reaction to hemorrhage
Case reports
  • Excision
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Foreign body giant cells surrounding empty, needle shaped spaces (cholesterol clefts representing cholesterol crystals that have dissolved due to alcohol in staining process), chronic inflammatory infiltrate, hemosiderin laden macrophages, dilated lymphatics
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Cholesterol clefts and foreign body giant cells