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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-4

Head-and-neck rhabdomyosarcoma: Our experience


Department of ENT Head and Neck Surgery, Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Shama Shetty
Department of ENT Head and Neck Surgery, Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/aiao.aiao_8_18

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Background: Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is not uncommon in the head-and-neck region. The nonspecific symptomology mimicking benign or inflammatory lesions result in delayed diagnosis, often in advanced stage, mandating multimodal therapy. Moreover, this delayed diagnosis may contribute to poor outcomes. Objective: The aim of this study is to share our experience in managing RMS affecting head-and-neck region. Materials and Methods: This was a retrospective review of six cases treated at a tertiary care institute. Results: Four cases diagnosed to have RMS of the paranasal sinus, one case involving the temporal bone, and one case with tumor presenting in the nasopharynx underwent treatment. Spinal metastasis was detected in two patients. A 5½-year-old child presenting with RMS temporal bone had the longest period of follow-up. Conclusion: This paper presents a series of six such cases that were treated by the senior author. Embryonal RMS of the temporal bone survived for more than 7 years and is on follow-up. Alveolar variant of RMS has a poor survival of >3 years in our series.


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