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Case Reports in Pediatrics
Volume 2013, Article ID 816409, 5 pages
Case Report

Uncommon Presentation of a Benign Nasopharyngeal Mass in an Adolescent: Comprehensive Review of Pediatric Nasopharyngeal Masses

1Department of Head and Neck Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 62-132 Center for Health Sciences, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1624, USA
2David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 10833 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

Received 18 May 2013; Accepted 21 June 2013

Academic Editors: N. Arslan, N. Bharti, M. Roig-Quilis, M. Tzoufi, and P. Visrutaratna

Copyright © 2013 Victor M. Duarte 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.


Nasopharyngeal masses in the pediatric population are quite rare, and the majority of these are benign. In adolescent boys, there should be a high index of suspicion for juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibromas. When malignant, the most common lesions encountered are rhabdomyosarcomas, carcinomas, and lymphomas. We report a single case from a tertiary care institution of an adolescent male with an unusual presentation of a benign nasopharyngeal mass and provide a comprehensive review of pediatric nasopharyngeal masses. Whenever possible, radiographic imaging should be obtained, in addition to biopsy, to assist in the diagnosis of pediatric nasopharyngeal masses.