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Nasal-type extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma presenting as recurrent periorbital cellulitis


Nasal-type extranodal natural killer/T-cell lymphoma (ENKTCL) is a rare disease with a poor prognosis. It has features similar to other granulomatous and infectious diseases of the nose and paranasal sinuses, which can make diagnosis challenging and delayed. We present a case of 38-year-old man who was admitted to the hospital on three occasions over a 3-month period for right periorbital erythema, nasal congestion and discharge. Following two separate surgical debridement and biopsies, ENKTCL was diagnosed and the patient was commenced on chemoradiotherapy. The case highlights the atypical nature of his presentation and the high degree of suspicion for a pathological process that must be maintained to formulate the diagnosis.

  • cancer - see oncology
  • haematology (drugs and medicines)
  • ear
  • nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • head and neck cancer
  • otolaryngology / ENT

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