Transglottic laryngeal paraganglioma: A rare location for this tumor

December 20, 2013
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Laryngeal paragangliomas are rare neoplasms that originate in the neural crest cells of the laryngeal paraganglia. Although the vast majority of these tumors are benign, they exhibit different types of biologic behavior that require different treatment modalities. Therefore, differentiation among these tumors is extremely important. We report a rare case of laryngeal paraganglioma that presented as a transglottic lesion in a 68-year-old man. The atypical location of the tumor led to difficulties in diagnosis and management. To the best of our knowledge, this is only the third such case to be reported in the English-language literature.


Neuroendocrine neoplasms of the larynx account for less than 1% of all laryngeal neoplasms.1 According to the most accepted classification system,2 their origin is described as either neural or epithelial:

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