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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2014, Article ID 260631, 5 pages
Case Report

Uncommon Metastasis of Laryngeal Cancer to Small Bowel Causing Intestinal Obstruction Treated by Laparoscopic Approach

1Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Tawam Hospital Affiliated to Johns Hopkins Medicine, Al Ain, UAE
2Department of Pathology, Tawam Hospital Affiliated to Johns Hopkins Medicine, Al Ain, UAE

Received 30 March 2014; Revised 4 August 2014; Accepted 19 August 2014; Published 1 September 2014

Academic Editor: Akihiro Nakajo

Copyright © 2014 Omar Bekdache 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.


Metastatic laryngeal cancer to the small bowel is extremely rare. Management of small bowel obstruction used to constitute a relative contraindication for the use of laparoscopic modality. We are reporting a case of an elderly man known to have laryngeal cancer who presented with small bowel obstruction due to metastatic deposit to the small bowel. The condition was successfully treated by laparoscopic assisted approach. A review of the natural history of advanced laryngeal cancer, common and uncommon sites of metastasis, and the rare presentation as small bowel obstruction is illustrated in this review.