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Hairy polyp of the oropharynx in association with a first branchial arch sinus

  • C Vaughan (a1), S J Prowse (a1) and L C Knight (a1)



Hairy polyps are rare, congenital malformations of the oropharynx and nasopharynx. To date, approximately 145 cases have been reported. However, the histogenesis of these lesions remains unclear.

Case report:

We report the case of a 2-day-old neonate presenting with a hairy polyp attached to the left palate, who re-presented aged 16 months with a discharging first branchial arch sinus.


We propose this case as supporting evidence for the theory that hairy polyps are a malformation of the first branchial arch system.


Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Mr S J Prowse, Department of ENT Surgery, The General Infirmary at Leeds, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK Fax: +44 (0)113 3923165 E-mail:


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Hairy polyp of the oropharynx in association with a first branchial arch sinus

  • C Vaughan (a1), S J Prowse (a1) and L C Knight (a1)


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