[WHO classification of head and neck tumours 2017: Main novelties and update of diagnostic methods]

Bull Cancer. 2018 Jun;105(6):596-602. doi: 10.1016/j.bulcan.2018.04.004.
[Article in French]


The publication of the new WHO classification of head and neck tumours in 2017 brought major modifications. Especially, a new chapter is dedicated to the oropharynx, focusing on the description of squamous cell carcinoma induced by the virus Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and new entities of tumors are described in nasal cavities and sinuses. In this article are presented the novelties and main changes of this new classification, as well as the updates of the diagnostic methods (immunohistochemistry, cytogenetics or molecular biology).

Keywords: Anatomical pathology; Anatomopathologie; Classification; HNSCC; Head and neck; Human papilloma virus; OMS; ORL; Tête et cou; WHO.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / classification*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / diagnosis
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / secondary
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / virology
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / classification*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / pathology
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / virology
  • Humans
  • Lymphatic Metastasis
  • Nasopharyngeal Neoplasms / classification
  • Nasopharyngeal Neoplasms / virology
  • Nose Neoplasms / classification
  • Nose Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Oropharyngeal Neoplasms / classification
  • Oropharyngeal Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Oropharyngeal Neoplasms / virology
  • Papillomaviridae*
  • Paranasal Sinus Neoplasms / classification
  • Paranasal Sinus Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • World Health Organization*