Muscle tumors in the parapharyngeal space

Head Neck. Jan-Feb 1992;14(1):49-54. doi: 10.1002/hed.2880140111.

Abstract

Tumors arising in the parapharyngeal space are rare. Even more rare are those which originate from the pharyngeal and parapharyngeal musculature. Three examples of muscle tumors presenting as parapharyngeal masses are reported, ie, a rhabdomyoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, and a leiomyosarcoma, and the literature pertaining to these tumors is reviewed. To the best of our knowledge, this represents the first case of a parapharyngeal leiomyosarcoma reported in the literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leiomyosarcoma / diagnosis*
  • Leiomyosarcoma / diagnostic imaging
  • Leiomyosarcoma / pathology
  • Male
  • Pharyngeal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Pharyngeal Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Pharyngeal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Rhabdomyoma / diagnosis*
  • Rhabdomyoma / diagnostic imaging
  • Rhabdomyoma / pathology
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma / diagnosis*
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma / diagnostic imaging
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma / pathology
  • Skull / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed