Uncommon presentation of a benign nasopharyngeal mass in an adolescent: comprehensive review of pediatric nasopharyngeal masses

Case Rep Pediatr. 2013;2013:816409. doi: 10.1155/2013/816409. Epub 2013 Jul 11.

Abstract

Nasopharyngeal masses in the pediatric population are quite rare, and the majority of these are benign. In adolescent boys, there should be a high index of suspicion for juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibromas. When malignant, the most common lesions encountered are rhabdomyosarcomas, carcinomas, and lymphomas. We report a single case from a tertiary care institution of an adolescent male with an unusual presentation of a benign nasopharyngeal mass and provide a comprehensive review of pediatric nasopharyngeal masses. Whenever possible, radiographic imaging should be obtained, in addition to biopsy, to assist in the diagnosis of pediatric nasopharyngeal masses.