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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-14

Case report: Rare cases of primary retropharyngeal synovial sarcoma and rhabdomyosarcoma

1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi, India
2 Department of Pathology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi, India
3 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Kyrgyz Medical Academy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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DOI: 10.4103/jlv.JLV_1_19

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Synovial sarcoma is the third most common histologic type soft tissue sarcoma of extremities. However, primary retropharyngeal synovial sarcoma is extremely rare. Rhabdomyosarcoma occurs frequently in children and adolescents. In contrast, it is rare in adults and is not well characterized clinically and pathologically. We present case report of two cases of retropharyngeal sarcomas, one synovial sarcoma in a young male and another rhabdomyosarcoma in a young female patient. Diagnosis is based on history, clinical assessment and CT imaging findings. Management comprises of surgical excision followed by chemotherapy. Though rare, these retropharyngeal tumours should always be kept in mind which could otherwise be missed easily even by a skilful surgeon. With early diagnosis and management of retropharyngeal tumours, the prognosis can be improved substantially.

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