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Intratonsillar metastasis of EBV-positive nasopharyngeal carcinoma

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January 22, 2016
by Matthew R. Naunheim, MD, MBA; Linda N. Lee, MD; Harrison W. Lin, MD; Peter M. Sadow, MD, PhD; Daniel G. Deschler, MD


We present the case of a 47-year-old man with a history of Epstein-Barr-virus-positive nasopharyngeal carcinoma who developed a metastasis to the palatine tonsil. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of an intratonsillar metastasis of a nasopharyngeal carcinoma. The aim of this report is to emphasize the importance of vigilant surveillance in patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma. This case also demonstrates that an atypical metastatic pattern can raise suspicion of a local disease recurrence.

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