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Bol Asoc Med P R. 2012 Jul-Sep;104(3):55-6.

Synovial sarcoma of the hypopharynx in pregnancy.

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  • 1Section of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.


Synovial sarcomas of the hypopharynx are a rare form of soft tissue sarcomas. In the head and neck, they are most commonly found on the pharyngeal wall in areas that do not have synovial cells. We review a case of a 23 year-old pregnant female who presented to our hospital with acute airway obstruction due to a large hypopharynx lesion. She underwent emergency tracheotomy and tumor debulking. Pathology revealed synovial sarcoma. After the procedure the patient went into labor delivering a 29 weeks premature child. Six weeks after being discharged from the hospital the patient had a partial pharyngectomy performed to excise the remnant base of the tumor. She has had no recurrence at the 30-month post-operative period.

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