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A case of pediatric parapharyngeal space ganglioneuroma

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April 30, 2016
by Natalie Garzorz, MD; Gillian R. Diercks, MD; Harrison W. Lin, MD; William C. Faquin, MD, PhD; Laura V. Romo, MD; Christopher J. Hartnick, MD, MS


Ganglioneuromas are rare, benign neoplasms derived from sympathetic neural crest progenitor cells. In the pediatric population, ganglioneuromas usually develop in the mediastinum or retroperitoneum. We report the case of a 3-year-old boy who presented with a painless enlarging neck mass, which was found to be a parapharyngeal space ganglioneuroma that extended to the skull base. We summarize the current principles regarding the diagnostic workup and treatment of these neoplasms, and we briefly review the literature.

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