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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2014, Article ID 278640, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/278640
Case Report

Endoscopic CO(2) Laser Horizontal Partial Laryngectomy in Larynx Carcinosarcoma

1ENT and Audiology Department, University Hospital of Ferrara, Via Aldo Moro, Cona, 8 44124 Ferrara, Italy
2Pathology Section, ENT and Audiology Department, University Hospital of Ferrara, Italy

Received 15 March 2014; Accepted 4 July 2014; Published 14 July 2014

Academic Editor: Kamal Morshed

Copyright © 2014 Andrea Ciorba 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

Background. Carcinosarcoma is an extremely rare malignant neoplasm, with both a malignant epithelial and mesenchymal component, that rarely affects the larynx. Aim. Aim of this paper is to describe the case of a patient affected by a larynx carcinosarcoma treated by endoscopic horizontal partial laryngectomy with CO(2) laser and particularly discuss the histogenetic hypothesis as well as the possible treatment modalities of this rare lesion. Methods. Case report and literature review. Discussion and Conclusion. Still little is known about the biology of carcinosarcoma and there is still no consensus in the literature on the treatment of these tumors. Endoscopic horizontal partial laryngectomy could represent another treatment option in selected cases.