Low-grade B-cell lymphoma presenting as a uvular mass

December 31, 2012     Ryan Walker, MD; Ryan Heffelfinger, MD


Uvular enlargement may occur acutely as a result of infection, allergy, or trauma. Squamous cell carcinoma may present as a progressively enlarging uvular mass. Primary MALT (mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue) lymphoma of the uvula and a neuroendocrine tumor of the parapharyngeal space presenting as a uvular mass have each been previously described in the literature. Here we present a case of low-grade B-cell lymphoma presenting as a uvular mass in a 55-year-old patient with progressive throat swelling and dysphagia.

Elongated uvula

June 30, 2010     Tal Marom, MD, Yehudah Roth, MD, and Udi Cinamon, MD

Isolated uvulitis

July 31, 2007     Marc Cohen, MD; Dinesh K. Chhetri, MD; Christian Head, MD

A 46-year-old woman presented to the emergency department with an 8-hour history of progressive throat pain, dysphagia, and odynophagia. Of note, she had begun her day by taking a magnesium oxide supplement for the first time. She reported no fever, chills, shortness of breath, trauma, or recent upper respiratory tract infection. Her medical history was significant for asthma, hypertension, and mitral valve prolapse. She also recalled an episode of acute tongue swelling during childhood.