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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 634958, 3 pages
Case Report

Radiofrequency Coblation of Congenital Nasopharyngeal Teratoma: A Novel Technique

1Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, NSW 2031, Australia
2Prince of Wales Hospital Clinical School, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia

Received 21 November 2014; Accepted 18 January 2015

Academic Editor: Abrão Rapoport

Copyright © 2015 Sang Yun Hwang 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.


Introduction. Congenital nasopharyngeal teratomas are rare tumours that pose difficulties in diagnosis and surgical management. We report the first use of radiofrequency coblation in the management of such tumours. Case Report. A premature baby with a perinatal diagnosis of a large, obstructing nasooropharyngeal mass was referred to the ENT service for further investigations and management. The initial biopsy was suggestive of a neuroblastoma, but the tumour demonstrated rapid growth despite appropriate chemotherapy. In a novel use of radiofrequency coblation, the nasooropharyngeal mass was completely excised, with the final histopathology revealing a congenital nasopharyngeal teratoma. Conclusion. We report the first use of radiofrequency coblation to excise a congenital nasopharyngeal teratoma and discuss its advantages.