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Indian J Dent. 2016 Apr-Jun;7(2):109-11. doi: 10.4103/0975-962X.180314.

Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma of hypopharynx: A rare presentation.

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1
Department of Pathology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
2
Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
3
Department of Surgery, Manipur Health Services, Imphal, Manipur, India.
4
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, M.P. Dental College and Hospital, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

Abstract

Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma is a rare vascular neoplasm of borderline or low-grade malignant potential uncommonly seen in head and neck region and has not been reported in the hypopharynx. We present here a case of epithelioid hemangioendothelioma arising from the hypopharynx in a young female patient who presented with progressive dysphagia for 1-year and difficulty in breathing for 1-month. This is first reported case in published English literature to the best of our knowledge. Recognition of this borderline entity is necessary because of its potential for malignant transformation and recurrence. A wide excision and regular clinical follow-up would be an appropriate treatment protocol. The role of other therapeutic modalities such as chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy is not yet well established.

KEYWORDS:

Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma; hypopharynx; vascular neoplasm

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