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Primary parapharyngeal leiomyosarcoma: A case report

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November 8, 2018
by Luca Giovanni Locatello, MD; Jano Maria De Cesare, MD; Cecilia Taverna, MD; Oreste Gallo, MD


Leiomyosarcoma is a rare malignant soft-tissue tumor whose cells resemble smooth-muscle tissue. It has been reported to arise in different areas of the head and neck region. Primary leiomyosarcoma of the parapharyngeal space, however, is extremely rare, as only 4 cases have been previously reported to date. We describe the somewhat urgent case of a primary leiomyosarcoma of the right parapharyngeal space in a 30-year-old man. We also review the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges that clinicians face in managing this rare tumor.

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