Issue N# 5 - 2012
A giant lipoma of parapharyngeal space in a child
Authors : El Fakiri MM, Rochdi Y, Nouri H, Hassani R, Aderdour L, Raji A. (Marrakech)
Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2012;133,5:241-244.
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Introduction: Tumors of the parapharyngeal space are rare and composing a wide variety of histological types. The aim of this study was to report a case of giant parapharyngeal lipoma in a child and to present clinical, paraclinical, and treatment aspects. Case report: A 14-year-old child presented with a painless progressive mass on the right side of the upper neck. It was growing asymptomatically since 2 years. Cervical CT-scan and MR showed a low-density mass in the right parapharyngeal, consistent with a mass of adipose tissue origin. The mass was surgically removed via cervical-parotid approach. The fatty mass was completely excised. Histopathology confirmed it to be a lipoma. The patient has been followed up for three years, and there have been no signs of recurrence. Conclusion: Diagnostic orientation in parapharyngeals tumors is necessary for better care. This guidance is being facilitated through imaging advances. Their surgical approaches and complete excision depend on volumes, localizations and their proximity to neurovascular structures.
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