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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2016, Article ID 1537276, 3 pages
Case Report

Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma Presenting with Acute Airway Obstruction

1Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
2Department of Internal Medicine, Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ, USA
3Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
4Department of Otolaryngology, Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ, USA
5Department of Infectious Diseases, Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ, USA
6Department of Pathology, Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ, USA

Received 2 July 2016; Accepted 6 September 2016

Academic Editor: Ho-Sheng Lin

Copyright © 2016 Chikoti Wheat 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.


We describe a case of a 24-year-old male presenting urgently with a juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma (JNA) with difficulty breathing, inability to swallow, and respiratory distress following throat swelling. The swelling was reduced with administration of dexamethasone and the JNA was surgically resected within 48 hours. This presentation was atypical given the acuity of presentation and the patient’s older age.