Rhabdomyosarcoma of the supraglottis in an adult

June 8, 2014
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Head and Neck Clinic

Primary laryngeal rhabdomyosarcoma is an extremely uncommon malignant neoplasm in adults, accounting for relatively few documented cases compared with squamous cell carcinoma.

A 50-year-old morbidly obese black man presented with a 6-month history of progressive dyspnea. He denied dysphagia and unexpected weight loss. He was breathing comfortably but with audible inspiratory breath sounds. He was tolerating his secretions, but he could speak in spurts of only 4 or 5 words.

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