Nasal tumor; Angiofibroma - juvenile; Benign nasal tumor; Juvenile nasal angiofibroma; JNA
Juvenile angiofibroma is a noncancerous growth that causes bleeding in the nose and sinuses. It is most often seen in boys and young adult men.
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Easy bruising
- Frequent or repeated nosebleeds
- Swelling of the cheek
- Hearing loss
- Nasal discharge, usually bloody
- Prolonged bleeding
- Stuffy nose
Exams and Tests
The health care provider may see the angiofibroma when examining the upper throat.
Tests that may be done include:
- Arteriogram to see the blood supply to the growth
- CT scan of the sinuses
- MRI scan of the head
Biopsy is generally not recommended due to the high risk of bleeding.
You will need treatment if the angiofibroma is growing larger, blocking the airways, or causing repeated nosebleeds. In some cases, no treatment is needed.
Surgery may be needed to remove the tumor. The tumor may be hard to remove if it is not enclosed and has spread to other areas. Newer surgery techniques that place a camera up through the nose have made tumor removal surgery less invasive.
A procedure called embolization may be done to prevent the tumor from bleeding. The procedure may correct the nosebleeds by itself, but it is most often followed by surgery to remove the tumor.
Although not cancerous, angiofibromas may continue to grow. Some may disappear on their own.
It is common for the tumor to return after surgery.
Complications may include:
- Pressure on the brain (rare)
- Spread of the tumor to the nose, sinuses, and other structures
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Contact your provider if you often have:
- One-sided nasal blockage
There is no known way to prevent this condition.
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Last reviewed on: 8/31/2021
Reviewed by: Josef Shargorodsky, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.