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Hypopharyngeal paraganglioma: Case report and review of the literature.
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PMID:  22907749     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Paragangliomas are rare, vascular, and predominantly benign neoplasms of neural crest origin. They typically arise in the head and neck from the carotid body, jugulotympanic, or vagal paraganglia. Rarely, paragangliomas occur in the larynx. Only 2 cases of hypopharyngeal paraganglioma have been reported. We discuss the case of a hypopharyngeal paraganglioma and review the literature concerning laryngopharyngeal paragangliomas. METHODS AND RESULTS: We present the case of a woman with 2 months of dysphagia and hoarseness that was found to have a hypopharyngeal paraganglioma. The patient underwent embolization and resection of the mass via a lateral thyrotomy approach. Pathologic analysis and selective staining confirmed the presence of a paraganglioma. CONCLUSIONS: Proper histopathologic identification of these tumors is tantamount to guiding treatment. The preferred operative approach is a lateral thyrotomy to minimize patient morbidity. We present the third documented case of a hypopharyngeal paraganglioma and the first in the English-language literature. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck, 2012.
Vikas Mehta; Tova Fischer; Gabe Levi; Beverly Wang; Mark L Urken
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Head & neck     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1097-0347     ISO Abbreviation:  Head Neck     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8902541     Medline TA:  Head Neck     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Department of Otolaryngology, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, New York.
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