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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2013, Article ID 231758, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/231758
Case Report

Synchronous Papillary Carcinoma and Hemangiopericytoma with Lung Metastases

1Department of Otolaringology, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria St. Anna di Ferrara, Via A. Moro 8, 44124 Cona (Ferrara), Italy
2Department of Oncology, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria St. Anna di Ferrara, Via A. Moro 8, 44124 Cona (Ferrara), Italy

Received 6 October 2013; Accepted 28 October 2013

Academic Editors: G. Cadoni, K.-P. Chang, N. Perez, and A. Rapoport

Copyright © 2013 Nicola Malagutti et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Hemangiopericytomas (HPC) are uncommon tumors that originate from perivascular cells of capillary vessels. HPC are about 1% of all vascular tumors and can be found in the head-neck region with an incidence between 16% and 33%. HPC is a neoplasm of uncertain malignant potential; it can behave as an aggressive tumor with metastases and increased mitotic activity or as a relatively benign neoplasm with only local development. In this paper we describe a case of hemangiopericytoma with uncertain malignant potential with cervical location associated with a concomitant papillary thyroid carcinoma and lung metastasis of unknown origin; this case led us to follow a specific and uncommon diagnostic and therapeutic strategy.