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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)

Abstract

Objectives:

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.

Conclusion:

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

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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: sjprowse@me.com

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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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