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Lipomatous Tumors of the Parapharyngeal Space:  Case Series and Literature Review

Jeremy Rogers, MD; Yash Patil, MD; Leah Strickland-Marmol, MD; Tapan Padhya, MD
Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010;136(6):621-624. doi:10.1001/archoto.2010.93.
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The parapharyngeal space (PPS) is a rare site for neoplasms in the head and neck, representing only 0.5% of head and neck tumors. Most commonly of parotid and neurogenic origin, tumors of the PPS are histologically diverse. Lipomas of the PPS are rare and liposarcomas rarer still. Only 5 liposarcomas of the PPS have been previously reported (Table). We describe our experience at the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, with this unusual entity in this review of 2 lipomas, 1 pleomorphic liposarcoma, and 1 dedifferentiated liposarcoma of the PPS. To our knowledge, dedifferentiated liposarcoma has not previously been described in the PPS.

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Case 1. T1-weighted magnetic resonance image of the neck demonstrating an extensive hyperintense parapharyngeal mass consistent with a lipomatous tumor.

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Case 3. Large pleomorphic lipoblasts with bizarre, hyperchromatic nuclei demonstrating pleomorphic liposarcoma.

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Case 4. A, Contrasted computed tomographic scan of the neck showing a large heterogenous lipogenic mass of the parapharyngeal space. B, Dedifferentiated areas resemble the storiform pattern of the malignant fibrous histiocytoma with the scattered pleomorphic multinucleated cells.

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