A literature review reveals that gout has been described as affecting many sites in the head and neck region, both in the arthritic and tophaceous form. Gout can often mimic malignancy or infection, and has been described as causing acute airway problems requiring emergency tracheotomy. Here we describe the first published case of tophaceous gout affecting the soft tissues overlying the nasal bones. The patient presented with a bony, hard, dorsal hump and requested aesthetic rhinoplasty.
We also describe an endoscopic technique for removal of tophi using a powered microdebrider system with a protected burr head. Endoscopic powered microdebrider blade excision of tophi affecting the limbs has already been described, with reduced complications when compared with conventional curettage and debridement techniques. This is the first such application to the nose.