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Nasal paraganglioma: A case report and literature review

Author(s): Granato, Lídio | Próspero, José Donato | Martini Filho, Dino

Journal: International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
ISSN 1809-9777

Volume: 17;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 92;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: paraganglioma | neuroendocrine tumors | nasal cavity | adrenal gland neoplasms | neoplasms

Introduction: Paragangliomas are neuroendocrine tumors that most commonly originate in the adrenal gland, a type that is called pheochromocytoma; however, 5-10% of paragangliomas are extra-adrenal and may arise in any area between the neck and pelvic region along the sympathetic nervous system. Those located in the head and neck comprise 3% of extra-adrenal tumors, with the majority originating in the tympanic-jugular region and carotid body. Objective: To present a rare case of nasal paraganglioma and review the literature. Case report: The patient was submitted to medial subtotal maxillectomy, and her clinical findings, diagnostic data, and treatment outcome were recorded. Conclusion: Paragangliomas are considered benign tumors, but they occasionally display a malignant character. The most important finding in this case was the need for total resection of the tumor to avoid recurrence.
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