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International Journal of Otolaryngology
Volume 2010, Article ID 838046, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/838046
Case Report

Nasopharyngeal Chondrolipoma

1Department of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, University Hospital Aintree, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 7AL, UK
2Department of Otolaryngology, Wythenshawe Hospital, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester M23 9LT, UK
3Department of Pathology, Wythenshawe Hospital, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester M23 9LT, UK

Received 15 December 2009; Accepted 27 March 2010

Academic Editor: Fuad Baroody

Copyright © 2010 A. J. Kinshuck 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

In this case report, we describe the presentation and treatment of a patient with nasopharyngeal chondrolipoma. Lipomas are common soft tissue tumours, although their incidence in the nasopharynx is very low. A rarer variant of lipoma, chondrolipomas are benign mesenchymal tumours. They are formed by the proliferation of mature adipocytes and contain different amounts of mature cartilaginous tissue; Weiss “Enzinger and Weiss's soft tissue tumours”, 4th ed: Mosby, St Louis; 2001 This represents the second reported case of a nasopharyngeal chondrolipoma. An endonasal approach to excision has not been previously described.