Hairy Polyp of the Nasopharynx Arising from the Eustachian Tube

Head Neck Pathol. 2016 Jun;10(2):213-6. doi: 10.1007/s12105-015-0632-2. Epub 2015 May 5.


Hairy polyps of the nasopharynx display characteristic radiological imaging findings, including the presence of fat in the polypoid mass. Furthermore, diagnostic imaging is useful for delineating the site of origin of these lesions, which can facilitate surgical planning. For instance hairy polyps that arise from the right Eustachian tube can be amputated via a trans-nasal approach with endoscopy, but may necessitate a two stage approach in order to avoid injury to critical structures, such as the internal carotid artery. On histology, hairy polyps comprise an outer keratinizing squamous epithelium with adnexal tissue, including hair follicles, and central fibroadipose and cartilaginous tissue. These features are exemplified in this sine qua non radiology-pathology correlation article.

Keywords: Eustachian tube; Hairy polyp; MRI; Nasopharynx; Pathology.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Eustachian Tube / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Newborn, Diseases / pathology
  • Infant, Newborn, Diseases / surgery
  • Male
  • Pharyngeal Diseases / congenital*
  • Pharyngeal Diseases / pathology*
  • Pharyngeal Diseases / surgery
  • Polyps / congenital*
  • Polyps / pathology*
  • Polyps / surgery