Minami K, Sugasawa M. Metastatic renal cell carcinoma of the nasopharynx. Edorium J Otolaryngol 2015;2:20–23.
Renal cell carcinoma is usually well-vascularized and often metastasizes by hematogenous routes. The clinical course of the primary tumors is often variable over time and location. Metastasis to the head and neck is relatively rare and only a single case of nasopharyngeal metastasis has been documented.
We report a rare case of renal cell carcinoma metastasis of the nasopharynx. Tumor resection was performed endoscopically by a transnasal approach and no recurrence was observed on follow-up.
Extirpating distant solitary metastases of renal cell carcinoma is known to be critical to improving patient survival. Any history of renal cell carcinoma should be noted in patients with suspected otolaryngological lesions because renal cell carcinoma often relapses after a long latent period. To improve complaints and survival rate, resection of metastasized tumor tissue is highly recommended.
Kazuhiko Minami – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Masashi Sugasawa – Analysis and interpretation of data, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
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