Case Reports in Otolaryngology http://www.hindawi.com The latest articles from Hindawi Publishing Corporation © 2016 , Hindawi Publishing Corporation . All rights reserved. Primary Aspergillosis of the Larynx Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:14:05 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/1234196/ Laryngeal aspergillosis is most commonly seen as a result of secondary invasion from the lungs and tracheobronchial tree in immunocompromised hosts. Primary aspergillosis of the larynx is, however, rare with few cases documented over the past fifty years. We report a case of a 73-year-old woman who presented with persistent hoarseness. She is a nonsmoker with a history of asthma and chronic bronchiectasis treated with bronchodilators, inhaled and oral corticosteroids, and nebulized tobramycin. Direct laryngoscopy with vocal cord stripping confirmed the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis with no manifestations elsewhere. The patient was successfully treated with oral voriconazole with no signs of recurrence. Although several major risk factors contributing to the development of primary aspergillosis of the larynx have been discussed in the literature, there has been no mention of inhaled antibiotics causing this rare presentation to the best of our knowledge. We, therefore, highlight the use of inhaled tobramycin as a unique catalyst leading to the rapid onset of this rare presentation. Richard H. Law and Samuel A. Reyes Copyright © 2016 Richard H. Law and Samuel A. Reyes. All rights reserved. Postobstructive Pulmonary Edema following Tonsillectomy/Adenoidectomy in a 2-Year-Old with Poland-Moebius Syndrome Thu, 28 Jan 2016 08:24:36 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/5431809/ A 2-year-old male with Poland-Moebius syndrome was transferred from a local hospital to the Pediatric ICU at Children’s Hospital of Georgia for suspected postobstructive pulmonary edema (POPE) after tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy (T&A). The patient’s respiratory status ultimately declined and he developed respiratory failure. Imaging suggested pulmonary edema as well as a left-sided pneumonia. Echocardiogram showed pulmonary hypertension and airway exam via direct fiberoptic bronchoscopy revealed tracheomalacia and bronchomalacia. He developed acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and remained intubated for ten days. This case highlights the association between congenital upper body abnormalities with cranial nerve dysfunction and the development of POPE with delayed resolution of symptoms. Patients with upper body abnormalities as above are at great risk of postoperative complications and should therefore be managed in a tertiary-care facility. Tanisha Powell, Nirupma Sharma, and Kathleen T. McKie Copyright © 2016 Tanisha Powell et al. All rights reserved. Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss after Orthopedic Surgery under Combined Spinal and Epidural Anesthesia Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:45:38 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/4295601/ Postoperative hearing loss following nonotologic surgery is rare. For patients undergoing subarachnoid anesthesia, the loss of cerebral spinal fluid and hence the drop in intracranial pressure can result in hearing loss and cranial nerve palsy. We report a case in which a patient sustained orthopedic surgery under combined spinal and epidural anesthesia complicated by severe and persistent sensorineural hearing loss. This report is a reminder that postoperative sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a poorly understood complication. A high index of suspicion is required for early diagnosis of this complication, although prompt treatment does not guarantee a good outcome. Ditza Vilhena, Luís Pereira, Delfim Duarte, and Nuno Oliveira Copyright © 2016 Ditza Vilhena et al. All rights reserved. Facial Nerve Schwannoma of Parotid Gland: Difficulties in Diagnosis and Management Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:09:36 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/3939685/ Facial nerve schwannomas (FNS) are encapsulated benign tumors arising from Schwann cells of seventh cranial nerve. Most of the facial nerve schwannomas are localized in intratemporal region; only 9% of cases involve a portion of the extratemporal segment. Preoperative diagnosis is often unclear; diagnosis is often made intraoperatively. Management of intraparotid FNS is troublesome because of the facial nerve paralysis. In this report we presented a case of intraparotid schwannoma in a 55-year-old male patient complaining of a painless mass without peripheral facial nerve palsy in left parotid gland. Clinical features, preoperative and intraoperative diagnosis, and difficulties during management are discussed with the review of the literature. Murat Damar, Aykut Erdem Dinç, Sultan Şevik Eliçora, Sultan Bişkin, Gül Erten, and Serdar Biz Copyright © 2016 Murat Damar et al. All rights reserved. Two Cases of Heerfordt’s Syndrome: A Rare Manifestation of Sarcoidosis Sun, 17 Jan 2016 16:16:39 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/3642735/ Heerfordt’s syndrome is a rare manifestation of sarcoidosis characterized by the presence of facial nerve palsy, parotid gland enlargement, anterior uveitis, and low grade fever. Two cases of Heerfordt’s syndrome and a literature review are presented. Case  1. A 53-year-old man presented with swelling of his right eyelid, right facial nerve palsy, and swelling of his right parotid gland. A biopsy specimen from the swollen eyelid indicated sarcoidosis and he was diagnosed with incomplete Heerfordt’s syndrome based on the absence of uveitis. His symptoms were improved by corticosteroid therapy. Case  2. A 55-year-old woman presented with left facial nerve palsy, bilateral hearing loss, and swelling of her bilateral parotid glands. She had been previously diagnosed with uveitis and bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy. Although no histological confirmation was performed, she was diagnosed with complete Heerfordt’s syndrome on the basis of her clinical symptoms. Swelling of the bilateral parotid glands and left facial nerve palsy were improved immediately by corticosteroid therapy. Sarcoidosis is a relatively uncommon disease for the otolaryngologist. However, the otolaryngologist may encounter Heerfordt’s syndrome as this syndrome presents with facial nerve palsy and swelling of the parotid gland. Therefore, we otolaryngologists should diagnose and treat Heerfordt’s syndrome appropriately in cooperation with pneumologists and ophthalmologists. Keishi Fujiwara, Yasushi Furuta, and Satoshi Fukuda Copyright © 2016 Keishi Fujiwara et al. All rights reserved. Septic Lateral Sinus Thrombosis: Sinus Exploration Is Unnecessary Tue, 12 Jan 2016 12:53:11 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/4349538/ The algorithm of treatment of septic lateral sinus thrombosis (SLST) has undergone a paradigm shift with the understanding of the natural history of sigmoid sinus thrombosis. Thus, the recent medical literature promulgates the management of these cases with no sinus exploration. However, in view of marked paucity of literature on the cited subject, not much is known about this form of treatment. We present our experience of treating two paediatric cases of SLST with mastoid surgery and no sinus exploration: both cases had excellent recovery. Finally, conclusions are drawn in light of contemporary literature on this subject. Gautam Bir Singh, Rubeena Arora, Sunil Garg, Deepak Kumar, and Shruti Ranjan Copyright © 2016 Gautam Bir Singh et al. All rights reserved. Auditory Cortical Maturation in a Child with Cochlear Implant: Analysis of Electrophysiological and Behavioral Measures Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:53:01 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/890508/ The purpose of this study was to longitudinally assess the behavioral and electrophysiological hearing changes of a girl inserted in a CI program, who had bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss and underwent surgery of cochlear implantation with electrode activation at 21 months of age. She was evaluated using the P1 component of Long Latency Auditory Evoked Potential (LLAEP); speech perception tests of the Glendonald Auditory Screening Procedure (GASP); Infant Toddler Meaningful Auditory Integration Scale (IT-MAIS); and Meaningful Use of Speech Scales (MUSS). The study was conducted prior to activation and after three, nine, and 18 months of cochlear implant activation. The results of the LLAEP were compared with data from a hearing child matched by gender and chronological age. The results of the LLAEP of the child with cochlear implant showed gradual decrease in latency of the P1 component after auditory stimulation (172 ms–134 ms). In the GASP, IT-MAIS, and MUSS, gradual development of listening skills and oral language was observed. The values of the LLAEP of the hearing child were expected for chronological age (132 ms–128 ms). The use of different clinical instruments allow a better understanding of the auditory habilitation and rehabilitation process via CI. Liliane Aparecida Fagundes Silva, Maria Inês Vieira Couto, Robinson Koji Tsuji, Ricardo Ferreira Bento, Ana Claudia Martinho de Carvalho, and Carla Gentile Matas Copyright © 2015 Liliane Aparecida Fagundes Silva et al. All rights reserved. Intractable Posterior Epistaxis due to a Spontaneous Low-Flow Carotid-Cavernous Sinus Fistula: A Case Report and a Review of the Literature Tue, 29 Dec 2015 07:27:37 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/739019/ We report a case of a 90-year-old patient with intractable posterior epistaxis presenting as the only symptom of a nontraumatic low-flow carotid-cavernous sinus fistula. Purpose of this case report is to introduce low-flow carotid-cavernous sinus fistula in the differential diagnosis of intractable posterior epistaxis. We provide a literature review for the sequence of actions for the confrontation of posterior epistaxis. We also emphasize the significance of the radiological diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the management of posterior epistaxis due to pathology of the cavernous sinus. The gold-standard diagnostic procedure of carotid-cavernous sinus fistula is digital subtraction angiography (DSA). DSA with coils is also the state-of-the-art therapy. By failure of DSA, neurosurgery or stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) may be used as alternatives. SRS may also be used as enhancement procedure of the DSA. Considering the prognosis of a successfully closed carotid-cavernous sinus fistula, recanalization occurs only in a minority of patients. Close follow-up is advised. A. Giotakis, F. Kral, H. Riechelmann, and M. Freund Copyright © 2015 A. Giotakis et al. All rights reserved. Castleman Disease of the Parotid Gland: A Report of a Case Sun, 27 Dec 2015 06:23:01 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/265187/ Castleman disease is an extremely rare benign lymphoproliferative disorder of unknown etiology. It affects the lymphatic chain in anybody region, although the commonest site is the mediastinum. The head and neck region is the second most common site; however, the salivary glands are rarely affected. We report a case of a 29-year-old Asian lady who presented with a 2-year history of an enlarging left parotid mass. Histopathology of the excisional biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of Castleman disease. Fawaz Abo-Alhassan, Fatemah Faras, Jassem Bastaki, and Mutlaq K. Al-Sihan Copyright © 2015 Fawaz Abo-Alhassan et al. All rights reserved. An Unusual Presentation of Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Thu, 24 Dec 2015 12:59:51 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/826436/ Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is a relatively rare tumor of epithelial cell origin, most commonly arising from major salivary glands. It is uncommonly found outside the major or minor salivary glands and is especially rare when located in the nasal cavity. Diagnosis and treatment of ACC pose numerous challenges, partly due to its biological behavior of slow growth, high tendency of local recurrence, and perineural invasion. We present the case of a 67-year-old male with complaints of facial pain and swelling, with a CT scan showing a soft tissue mass extending from the right nasal cavity with osseous destruction. Biopsy revealed ACC with perineural invasion. ACC of the nasal cavity continues to pose diagnostic and therapeutic challenges to physicians. Because this rare pathology presents in a vague manner, early diagnosis requires a high index of suspicion for this disease and close follow-up care. Since ACC of the nasal cavity is seldom reported in the literature, it is our hope that reporting these rare instances as case reports will heighten physician awareness of this rare disease, allowing for early diagnosis and treatment. Kurren S. Gill and Mark A. Frattali Copyright © 2015 Kurren S. Gill and Mark A. Frattali. All rights reserved. Spindle Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx: A Confusing Diagnosis for the Pathologist and Clinician Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:31:07 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/831835/ Laryngeal spindle cell carcinoma (SpCC) is an uncommon subtype of squamous cell carcinoma which represents 0.5% of all laryngeal squamous cell carcinomas. It is a biphasic tumor consisting of the combination of a malignant mesenchymal spindle cell component and a squamous cell component that includes dysplasia, carcinoma in situ, or invasive carcinoma. Although it has aggressive biological features, the probability of making a diagnosis in the early stages is high as it often leads to obstructive symptoms in the early period. Due to its low incidence, there is no clear consensus on prognostic factors and optimal treatment strategies yet. In this paper, a 60-year-old laryngeal SpCC case that was effectively treated with wide local excision followed by adjuvant radiotherapy was presented with the literature. Asli Bostanci, Gulay Ozbilim, and Murat Turhan Copyright © 2015 Asli Bostanci et al. All rights reserved. Mammary Analogue Secretory Carcinoma of the Parotid Gland: A Third World Country Perspective—A Case Series Sun, 13 Dec 2015 11:06:46 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/697254/ Mammary analogue secretory carcinoma (MASC) is a recently described pathological entity in major salivary glands, which was first described by Skálová et al. in 2010. Since then only a limited number of case reports/series have been published describing this tumor with the majority of them discussing the genetic and cytoarchitectural aspect of this tumor. Keeping this in view with the lack of clinical correlation with regard to this tumor, we present our approach to management of two such cases which, according to the best of our knowledge, are the first 2 cases presenting in the South Asian continent. Both patients were diagnosed and managed at Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan. Huzaifah Salat, Ramiz Mumtaz, Mubasher Ikram, and Nasir Ud Din Copyright © 2015 Huzaifah Salat et al. All rights reserved. Ballistic Reconstruction of a Migrating Bullet in the Parapharyngeal Space Mon, 07 Dec 2015 14:03:53 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/245360/ A 21-year-old male suffering from severe throat pain after being hit by a bullet in Syria claimed that he was shot through his eye and that the bullet subsequently descended behind his throat. Even though the first medical report stated that this course is implausible, meticulous workup provided evidence that the bullet might have entered the parapharyngeal space in a more cranial position than the one it was found eight months later. Our case highlights that bullets are able to move within the body, rendering ballistic reconstruction difficult. However, after removal of the bullet the patient’s symptoms completely resolved. David Bächinger, Stephan Bolliger, Gerhard F. Huber, and Roman D. Laske Copyright © 2015 David Bächinger et al. All rights reserved. Bilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Polyneuropathy in a Patient with Sweet’s Syndrome Sun, 06 Dec 2015 09:23:44 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/751538/ Sweet’s syndrome is an inflammatory systemic disease which has been associated with various underlying causes. The disease can involve multiple areas of the body including the skin and neurological system. There have been only two cases which have described otological involvement. This report presents a patient who developed loss of hearing secondary to Sweet’s syndrome after developing cutaneous involvement along with peripheral neuropathy. Despite the patient’s skin and neuropathy noticing improvement with intravenous immunoglobulin and azathioprine, he required bilateral cochlear implants for partial recovery of his hearing loss. This case highlights the need to recognize Sweet’s syndrome as a complicated disease process where the role of otolaryngologists is important in the multidisciplinary coordination of care in both diagnosis and treatment. Cather M. Cala, Lauren Kole, and Naveed Sami Copyright © 2015 Cather M. Cala et al. All rights reserved. Colorectal Adenocarcinoma Metastasis to the Tongue Wed, 02 Dec 2015 11:56:20 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/242135/ This case presentation examines a rare clinical entity: colorectal adenocarcinoma (CRC) metastasis to the tongue. CRC is among the least common tumors to metastasize to the oral cavity. Objectives for this case report are to (1) maintain a high index of suspicion for oral cavity tumors representing metastatic disease, (2) consider appropriate surgical and adjunctive interventions, and (3) recognize the significance of identifying the primary tumor via immunohistochemical staining. We present a case of a 57-year-old male with a history of stage IV rectal adenocarcinoma metastatic to the lung who presented to our clinic with a painful mass of the right lateral tongue that he noticed one month before. MRI of the neck revealed a mass involving the anterior two-thirds of the right tongue with irregular margins and an ipsilateral enlarged right jugulodigastric lymph node. The patient underwent right partial glossectomy with primary reconstruction and right modified radical neck dissection. Pathology confirmed poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma consistent with a colorectal primary with lymphovascular and perineural invasion. The tumor was staged as T2N1, and the patient was referred for chemoradiation. In this report, we discuss the presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of this uncommon disease, with a thorough review of the world literature. Kurren S. Gill and Mark A. Frattali Copyright © 2015 Kurren S. Gill and Mark A. Frattali. All rights reserved. Postoperative Submandibular Gland Swelling following Craniotomy under General Anesthesia Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:03:13 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/949483/ Objective. Reporting of a rare case of postoperative submandibular gland swelling following craniotomy. Case Report. A 33-year-old male underwent resection for a brain tumor under general anesthesia. The tumor was resected via a retrosigmoid suboccipital approach and the patient was placed in a lateral position with his face down and turned to the right. Slight swelling of the right submandibular gland was observed just after the surgery. Seven hours after surgery, edematous change around the submandibular gland worsened and he required emergent reintubation due to airway compromise. The cause of submandibular gland swelling seemed to be an obstruction of the salivary duct due to surgical positioning. Conclusion. Once submandibular swelling and edematous change around the submandibular gland occur, they can worsen and compromise the air way within several hours after operation. Adequate precaution must be taken for any predisposing skull-base surgery that requires strong cervical rotation and flexion. Haruka Nakanishi, Tetsuya Tono, and Shoichiro Ibusuki Copyright © 2015 Haruka Nakanishi et al. All rights reserved. Giant Hypopharyngeal Fibrovascular Polyp: A Case Report and Review of the Relevant Literature Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:45:31 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/670302/ Fibrovascular polyps occur most commonly in the cervical esophagus and are extremely rare in the hypopharynx. In this paper, we report a case of fibrovascular polyp of a 52-year-old female, who presented with progressive dysphagia and weight loss and regurgitating a mass from her mouth. By the endoscopic examination, a polyp covered by normal mucosa with a wide stalk was detected at the hypopharynx. The pedicle of the mass was identified under general anesthesia and the 13 × 3 × 2 cm mass was completely resected perorally. Histopathological examination of the tumor showed oedematous subepithelial fibrous stroma, surrounded by squamous epithelium and containing many congested vascular structures. No recurrence was detected over one year of follow-up. This case highlights the need for clinicians to be aware of this rare entity and to develop the best approach to patient management. Suheyl Haytoglu, Birgul Tuhanioglu, Abdurrahman Bozkurttan, and Osman Kursat Arikan Copyright © 2015 Suheyl Haytoglu et al. All rights reserved. Primary Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma Arising from Ectopic Salivary Tissue within an Intraparotid Lymph Node Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:26:49 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/879137/ Ectopic salivary tissue is commonly found in intraparotid and periparotid lymph nodes. Warthin tumor is the most common tumor arising in ectopic salivary gland tissue and in intraparotid lymph nodes. Although rare, neoplastic transformation of the ectopic salivary tissues is conceivable and other types of salivary gland neoplasms arising in intraparotid lymph nodes have been reported. Herein we report a rare case of a 32-year-old Kuwaiti male who presented with a mass in the right parotid gland. A preoperative fine needle aspiration suggested Warthin tumor. The patient underwent a superficial parotidectomy. The specimen showed a mass within the parotid parenchyma abutting the deep margin. Hematoxylin and Eosin stained sections of the lesion showed solid islands and cysts composed of epidermoid cells, mucus cells, and intermixed smaller “intermediate” cells within an intraparotid lymph node. The tumor was seen infiltrating the parotid parenchyma at the deep margin. Metastasis from distant sites was ruled out clinically, and the diagnosis rendered was MEC, low-grade, arising from ectopic salivary tissue in an intraparotid lymph node. Such cases are extremely rare and the presence of malignancies within lymph nodes may pose a diagnostic pitfall, which can affect patient management. Fatemah Faras, Fawaz Abo-Alhassan, Jassem Bastaki, and Mutlaq K. Al-Sihan Copyright © 2015 Fatemah Faras et al. All rights reserved. HPV Type 6 and 18 Coinfection in a Case of Adult-Onset Laryngeal Papillomatosis: Immunization with Gardasil Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:17:45 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/916023/ Laryngeal papillomatosis (LP) is a rare human papillomavirus (HPV) related disease that often requires multiple surgical interventions and residual impairment of voice is almost inevitable. We report the case of a patient with adult onset recurrent LP, showing moderate dysplasia and coinfection with HPV types 6 and 18. The tetravalent HPV vaccine Gardasil was prescribed off label, with the aim of triggering an immunogenic response and consequently reducing the probability of further recurrences. The patient was followed for 9 months with no sign of relapse of his LP. The postexposure use of the anti-HPV vaccine could represent a promising therapeutic agent in established LP. Unfortunately, the potential efficacy of this new therapeutic option in this situation has been suggested only by isolated case reports. Further controlled studies, with a longer follow-up and a larger sample size, are needed to assess efficacy of Gardasil in LP. Virginia Fancello, Andrea Melis, Andrea Fausto Piana, Paolo Castiglia, Andrea Cossu, Giovanni Sotgiu, Corrado Bozzo, Emma Victoria King, and Francesco Meloni Copyright © 2015 Virginia Fancello et al. All rights reserved. Surgical Management of Recurrent Tracheocarotid Fistula following Endovascular Stent Placement Sun, 29 Nov 2015 11:48:51 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/547248/ We report the case of a 25-year-old woman who developed a tracheocarotid fistula secondary to an infected endovascular stent placed in the right carotid artery after the patient experienced hemorrhage on her first tracheostomy change. The patient originally had the tracheostomy placed at an outside hospital in September 2014, due to prolonged intubation after a motor vehicle accident. The patient presented to the otolaryngology service with an acute tracheal hemorrhage. This necessitated a neck exploration, median sternotomy, right carotid stent removal with subclavian to carotid bypass, and sternocleidomastoid flap reconstruction. This paper addresses the epidemiology and anatomy of a tracheocarotid fistula and discusses methods to treat such a complication. Jeffrey T. Steitz, Zachary J. Cappello, Ziad Katrib, and Paul A. Tennant Copyright © 2015 Jeffrey T. Steitz et al. All rights reserved. Inner Ear Conductive Hearing Loss and Unilateral Pulsatile Tinnitus Associated with a Dural Arteriovenous Fistula: Case Based Review and Analysis of Relationship between Intracranial Vascular Abnormalities and Inner Ear Fluids Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:03:24 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/817313/ While pulsatile tinnitus (PT) and dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF) are not rarely associated, the finding of a conductive hearing loss (CHL) in this clinical picture is unusual. Starting from a case of CHL and PT, diagnosed to be due to a DAVF, we analyzed relationship between intracranial vascular abnormalities and inner ear fluids. DAVF was treated with endovascular embolization. Following this, there was a dramatic recovery of PT and of CHL, confirming their cause-effect link with DAVF. We critically evaluated the papers reporting this association. This is the first case of CHL associated with PT and DAVF. We describe the most significant experiences and theories reported in literature, with a personal analysis about the possible relationship between vascular intracranial system and labyrinthine fluids. In conclusion, we believe that this association may be a challenge for otolaryngologists. So we suggest to consider the possibility of a DAVF or other AVMs when PT is associated with CHL, without alterations of tympanic membrane and middle ear tests. Ettore Cassandro, Claudia Cassandro, Giuliano Sequino, Alfonso Scarpa, Claudio Petrolo, and Giuseppe Chiarella Copyright © 2015 Ettore Cassandro et al. All rights reserved. A Rare Entity: Adult Asymptomatic Giant Vallecular Cyst Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:17:59 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/723420/ Background. Cysts in the larynx are rare and generally asymptomatic. However, large cysts in adults can be symptomatic. If they are symptomatic, they typically present with respiratory and feeding difficulties. They are usually benign in terms of pathology. Several surgical techniques may be used for treatment. Case Report. A 56-year-old man presented to our clinic with hoarseness. Routine laryngeal examination revealed a giant mass and the larynx could not be visualized. At magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a cystic mass originating from the vallecula was detected. There was no pathology at the glottic level. We planned tracheotomy for the airway and endoscopic surgery for excision. The mass was excised using CO2 laser and was reported as benign. Conclusion. An asymptomatic vallecular cyst may cause difficult intubation in any operation. It may also cause respiratory or other complications. Airway management should be led by an ear, nose, and throat surgeon, since tracheotomy may be required. Endoscopic excision with CO2 laser is a good choice for treatment in elective cases. In this report, we discuss the diagnosis and treatment of a patient with an asymptomatic giant vallecular cyst. Mümtaz Taner Torun, Ender Seçkin, Ümit Tuncel, Caner Kılıç, and Özalkan Özkan Copyright © 2015 Mümtaz Taner Torun et al. All rights reserved. Inverted Papilloma Originating Primarily from the Nasolacrimal Duct: A Case Report and Review of the Pertinent Literature Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:41:07 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/123694/ Introduction. Inverted papilloma (IP) is an uncommon, benign yet aggressive neoplasm characterised by high recurrence rates and tendency towards malignant transformation. The majority of IP cases originate in the ethmoid region, lateral wall of the nasal fossa, and maxillary sinus. The authors report a case of an IP originating primarily from the nasolacrimal duct (NLD). Case. A 69-year-old Caucasian gentleman presented with a lump in his right medial canthal region, epiphora, and discharge bilaterally. Radiological investigation revealed a well-defined, heterogeneous mass within the proximal NLD eroding the bony canal, protruding into the middle meatus and into the right orbit. The tumour was excised en bloc utilizing a combined external and endoscopic approach based on its location. Histology revealed hyperplastic ribbons of basement membrane-enclosed epithelium growing endophytically into the underlying stroma with no evidence of invasive malignancy. The patient made an uneventful recovery with unchanged visual acuity and normal extraocular movements. Conclusion. The case demonstrates variability within the sinonasal tract that IP can develop and the individuality of each case necessitating tailored operative techniques for complete excision whilst minimising recurrence rates. We also present a combined endoscopic approach for the en bloc resection of a NLD IP with no clinical recurrence at 15-month follow-up. Hussein Z. Walijee, Sandeep Berry, Stuart Quine, Carol Lane, Daniel S. Morris, and Benedict Bowman Copyright © 2015 Hussein Z. Walijee et al. All rights reserved. Melkersson-Rosenthal Syndrome with Orofacial Swelling and Recurrent Lower Motor Neuron Facial Nerve Palsy: A Case Report and Review of the Literature Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:25:03 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/214946/ Melkersson-Rosenthal Syndrome (MRS) is a rare otoneurologic condition, which is poorly understood and often underdiagnosed. Etiology and incidence are unclear, although infectious, inflammatory, and genetic causes have been implicated. Recurrent facial nerve palsy, facial swelling, and fissured tongue are the symptoms and signs of this condition. However, this triad is not typical in all patients as patients may present with one or more of the symptoms, which makes management of this condition difficult. Steroids may prove to be useful especially in patients who have facial nerve palsy. In this case report, we have described a 46 year-old Caucasian male who presented to the clinic for the evaluation of orofacial swelling and left facial deviation with a history of multiple treatments for recurrent lower motor neuron type facial nerve palsy. Jerome Okudo and Yemi Oluyide Copyright © 2015 Jerome Okudo and Yemi Oluyide. All rights reserved. Submandibular Lateral Ectopic Thyroid Tissue: Ultrasonography, Computed Tomography, and Scintigraphic Findings Sun, 08 Nov 2015 11:47:12 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/769604/ Ectopic thyroid can be encountered anywhere between the base of tongue and pretracheal region. The most common form is euthyroid neck mass. Herein, we aimed to present the findings of a female case with ectopic thyroid tissue localized in the left submandibular region. A 44-year-old female patient, who underwent bilateral subtotal thyroidectomy four years ago with the diagnosis of multinodular goiter, was admitted to our hospital due to a mass localized in the left submandibular area that gradually increased in the last six months. Neck ultrasonography, contrast-enhanced computed tomography, and scintigraphic examination were performed on the patient. On thyroid scintigraphy with Tc-99m pertechnetate, thyroid tissue activity uptake showing massive radioactivity was observed in the normal localization of the thyroid gland and in the submandibular localization. The focus in the submandibular region was excised. Pathological examination of the specimen showed normal thyroid follicle cells with no signs of malignancy. The submandibular mass is a rarely encountered lateral ectopic thyroid tissue. Accordingly, ectopic thyroid tissue should also be considered in the differential diagnosis of masses in the submandibular region. Metin Çeliker, Fatma Beyazal Çeliker, Arzu Turan, Mehmet Beyazal, and Hatice Beyazal Polat Copyright © 2015 Metin Çeliker et al. All rights reserved. Undiagnosed Hepatocellular Carcinoma Presenting as Nasal Metastases Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:29:18 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/856134/ Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a primary malignancy of the liver with up to half of cases suffering from extrahepatic metastasis in the later stages of the disease. Commonly reported and encountered metastatic sites include the lymph nodes, lung, bone, and adrenal glands. This is an effort to throw a spotlight on a rare case of metastatic HCC which presented to us as two distinct lesions in the nose. It focuses on the presentation and the steps that were taken to reach this rare and unusual diagnosis. It sparks interest from a clinical and histopathology perspective. Our cynosure is the findings of the case coupled with a probe on the possible routes of spread of HCC to sinonasal region. Hassen Mohammed, Rashid Sheikh, Waheed Rahman, Sally Sheta, and Zeynel Dogan Copyright © 2015 Hassen Mohammed et al. All rights reserved. A Case of Hyalinizing Clear Cell Carcinoma, So-Called Clear Cell Carcinoma, Not Otherwise Specified, of the Minor Salivary Glands of the Buccal Mucosa Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:51:55 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/471693/ Hyalinizing clear cell carcinoma (HCCC), so-called clear cell carcinoma, not otherwise specified (CCC (NOS)), of the salivary glands is a rare and low-grade malignant tumor. We report a case of HCCC so-called CCC (NOS) (referred to as HCCC) of the minor salivary gland of the buccal mucosa. A 52-year-old woman had presented with a gradually growing and indolent mass in the right buccal mucosa for about two years. The first biopsy histopathologically suggested the possibility of malignancy derived from the minor salivary glands. A month later, she visited our hospital. The tumor measured approximately 1.5 cm in diameter and was elastic hard, smooth, and well movable. Image examinations demonstrated internal homogeneity of the lesion, which had a smooth margin, in the right buccal mucosa. Complete tumor resection followed by covering with a polyglycolic acid sheet and fibrin glue spray was performed without surgical flap reconstruction. Histopathological findings revealed proliferating tumor cells with clear cytoplasm surrounded by hyalinizing stroma in the submucosal minor salivary glands. Immunohistochemical stains revealed these tumor cells to be positive for epithelial cell markers but negative for myoepithelial ones. These findings confirmed the diagnosis of HCCC. Good wound healing and no evidence of local recurrence and metastasis have been shown since surgery. Takahiro Yamanishi, Kiwako Kutsuma, and Keisuke Masuyama Copyright © 2015 Takahiro Yamanishi et al. All rights reserved. Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma Associated with Osteosarcoma in a True Malignant Mixed Tumor of the Submandibular Region Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:23:11 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/694684/ Introduction. True malignant mixed tumor, also known as carcinosarcoma, is a rare tumor of the salivary gland composed of both malignant epithelial and malignant mesenchymal elements. Frequently carcinosarcoma arises in the background of a preexisting pleomorphic adenoma; however, if no evidence of benign mixed tumor is present, the lesion is known as carcinosarcoma “de novo.” We reported the first case of true malignant mixed tumor of the submandibular gland composed of high grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma associated with osteosarcoma. Case Presentation. A 69-year-old Caucasian male came to our department complaining of the appearance of an asymptomatic left submandibular neoformation progressively increasing in size over 3 months. We opted for surgical treatment. Histological examination confirmed the diagnosis of carcinosarcoma with the coexistence of high grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma and osteosarcoma. Conclusion. To the best of our knowledge, in the true malignant mixed tumor of the submandibular gland, mucoepidermoid carcinoma associated with osteosarcoma has never been previously reported. Dario Marcotullio, Marco de Vincentiis, Giannicola Iannella, Bruna Cerbelli, and Giuseppe Magliulo Copyright © 2015 Dario Marcotullio et al. All rights reserved. A Rare Differential Diagnosis of a Nasal Tumor: Case Report and Literature Review Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:52:28 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/318620/ Vascular leiomyomas or angioleiomyomas are rare tumors that can be found in the nasal cavity. The etiology of angioleiomyoma remains poorly understood and there are several hypotheses to explain the origin of sinonasal leiomyoma. We here describe the clinical and histological findings in a case study along with the feasibility of surgical treatment using a radiofrequency instrument. In particular, we describe the case of an adult patient with recurrent epistaxis because of a nasal angioleiomyoma and the performed treatment in the form of complete surgical excision. Radiological imaging is a helpful tool to give an indication of the extension of the tumor, as well as for the proper planning of the surgical approach. Either MRI or CT scans are found to be best suited for this purpose. This case report recommends the complete surgical excision of the angioleiomyoma, by either an endoscopic or an open procedure. This can be safely performed using a radiofrequency instrument as shown in this case with no recurrence during a follow-up of 12 months. S. Burkart and U. Schoenenberger Copyright © 2015 S. Burkart and U. Schoenenberger. All rights reserved. Castleman’s Disease Presenting as a Parotid Mass in the Pediatric Population: A Report of 2 Cases Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:55:53 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/691701/ Introduction. Angiofollicular lymph node hyperplasia (Castleman’s disease) is a nonmalignant lymphoproliferative disorder that generally involves the lymph nodes of young adults, most commonly in the mediastinum. Rarely, Castleman’s disease may present in the parotid gland. The disease can be further classified into unicentric or multicentric forms, with considerable differences in presentation, treatment, and prognosis. Case(s). We present cases of two pediatric patients, aged 7 and 11, who both presented with a slow-growing, painless parotid mass. In each case, the mass was excised via a superficial parotidectomy and the diagnosis made postoperatively upon further pathologic examination. At 6 months of follow-up, both had fully intact facial nerve function and no evidence of recurrence. Discussion. Castleman’s disease presents a diagnostic challenge in the head and neck region, as radiographic characteristics and fine needle aspiration results are often inconclusive. Definitive diagnosis requires surgical excision for pathologic examination. The unicentric form generally presents as a painless mass and can be successfully treated with complete excision. The multicentric form is associated with constitutional symptoms and its treatment remains controversial. Conclusion. Although rare, clinicians should be aware of both forms of Castleman’s disease when creating a differential diagnosis for parotid masses. Sean W. Delaney, Shengmei Zhou, and Dennis Maceri Copyright © 2015 Sean W. Delaney et al. All rights reserved.