Review of paraneoplastic syndromes associated with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma

J Oral Maxillofac Pathol. 2010 Jul;14(2):41-7. doi: 10.4103/0973-029X.72499.


Malignancies are usually preceded by the presence of various paraneoplastic syndromes (PNS), which could be the indirect and/or remote effects of the metabolites produced by neoplastic cells. PNS manifested by oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas, which is the most common head and neck malignancy, are highlighted in this review. Knowledge of the clinical spectrum of these syndromes will equip the oral physician for early diagnosis and management of these hidden malignancies, especially of the pharyngeal region.

Keywords: Hidden malignancies; oropharyngeal carcinomas; paraneoplastic syndromes.