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Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the trachea metastatic to the nasal cavity: A case report

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December 1, 2009
by Azita S. Khorsandi, MD, James E. Silberzweig, MD, Bruce M. Wenig, MD, Mark L. Urken, MD, and Roy A. Holliday, MD


Cases of carcinoma metastatic to the nasal cavity are rare. We report the case of a 63-year-old woman with a metastasis to the nasal cavity from a primary tracheal adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC). The nasal tumor was treated with surgical resection. No evidence of any local recurrence was observed at 4 years of follow-up. To the best of our knowledge, no case of a tracheal ACC metastatic to the nasal cavity has been previously reported in the literature. Although rare, metastatic disease to the nasal cavity should be considered in patients who have a known primary carcinoma elsewhere and who present with nasal symptoms.

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