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Malacoplakia of the vallecula masquerading as a malignancy

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March 1, 2011
by A.A.S. Rifat Mannan, MD, Mehar Chand Sharma, MD, and Sudhir Bahadur, MS, PhD


Malacoplakia is an unusual chronic granulomatous inflammation that commonly occurs in the urinary tract. It is rarely encountered in the head and neck region, and only a handful of such cases have been described. We report a case of malacoplakia in a 50-year-old woman who presented with a mass in the vallecula that was clinically suspected of being malignant. This case illustrates the importance of recognizing this unusual benign lesion, which closely mimics a malignancy on clinical examination.

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