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Surgical approach to a giant fibrolipoma of the supraglottic larynx

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 March 2006


This paper describes the surgical procedures for a fibrolipoma that first appeared as a giant tumour in the hypopharynx and extended to the cardiac antrum of the oesophagus. At the initial surgery, a pedunculated tumour originating from the left arytenoid of the larynx was found to occupy the cervical as well as thoracic oesophagus and was thus removed through a lateral pharyngectomy. A histological examination revealed fibrolipoma. However there was a recurrence of the tumour in the arytenoid and the patient suffered from dyspnoea. In addition, a submucosal tumour was also found in the left false vocal fold. At the second surgery, the masses in the arytenoid and false vocal fold were subtotally removed without damaging the mucosa. The mucosa of the arytenoid was sutured to the thyropharyngeal muscle on the same side and the arytenoid swelling disappeared almost completely. The post-operative course has been uneventful for more than two years.

Research Article
Royal Society of Medicine Press Limited 2000

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