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Otorinolaringologia 2018 June;68(2):62-5

DOI: 10.23736/S0392-6621.18.02153-7

Copyright © 2018 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma of the inferior turbinate: a recurrent or second primary tumor?

Anusha BALASUBRAMANIAN 1, Harvinder SINGH 1, Darlina ISMAIL 2, Baharudin ABDULLAH 3

1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Perak, Malaysia; 2 Department of Pathology, Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Perak, Malaysia; 3 Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medical Sciences, Sains Malaysia Health Campus University, Kelantan, Malaysia


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Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is uncommon in the Western population, but endemic in Southern China and South East Asia. We report a patient who had NPC of the inferior turbinate. A 65-year-old Chinese gentleman who was previously treated for recurrence NPC was noted to have an asymptomatic mass on the posterior end of the left inferior turbinate 6 months post-treatment on routine follow-up. The use of specific markers and immunohistochemistry staining confirmed the diagnosis of NPC. 1 year post completion of 3rd line chemotherapy, he appeared well with no evidence of new lesion.


KEY WORDS: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma - Turbinates - Recurrence - Neoplasms, second primary

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