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Giant hamartoma of the oropharynx

  • D. J. Santana-Hernandez (a1), S. R. Ell (a1), P. Da Costa (a2), C. P. Macklin (a3) and S. S. M. Hussain (a1)...


Giant polypoidal hamartomas of the pharynx and oesophagus are rare benign tumours of unknown origin, exceptionally arising from the oropharynx. We report the case of a 74-year-old man who developed sudden nausea and a foreign body sensation. Shortly afterwards he regurgitated a 25 × 3 × 1.5 cm pedunculated fleshy mass, still attached to the inside of his throat. The patient was anaesthetised, the mass traced to the right tonsillar fossa and adjacent oropharyngeal wall. The pedicle was clamped and the lesion excised. Histology was consistent with a giant oropharyngeal hamartoma. We discuss the pathogenesis and potential complications of this condition. The literature is reviewed.


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Address for correspondence: Dr D. J. Santana-Hernandez, Department of Otolaryngology, City Hospital, Greenbank Drive, Edinburgh, EH10 5SB.


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Giant hamartoma of the oropharynx

  • D. J. Santana-Hernandez (a1), S. R. Ell (a1), P. Da Costa (a2), C. P. Macklin (a3) and S. S. M. Hussain (a1)...


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