Abstract. – Tonsillar metastasis from lung cancer is an extremely rare event and is usually related to metastatic spread of the neoplastic disease to other organs with poor prognosis. We present the unusual case of a 71-year-old man who developed a huge metastasis to the left palatine tonsil from a lung adenocarcinoma. The tumor was exophytic with necrotic and hemorrhagic areas, occupying a large portion of the oropharynx and producing airway obstruction, thus necessitating tracheostomy. Radiation therapy was delivered in an attempt to reduce the size of the tumor. Although a mild decrease of the tonsillar mass was noted, the designed therapy had to be discontinued because of a rapid deterioration of the patient’s general condition. The patient finally died of disseminated disease. This case highlights the need for a thorough evaluation of a suspicious tonsillar enlargement, as this may be a sign of a primary malignancy elsewhere in the body.
Corresponding Author: N.S. Mastronikolis, MD; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgFree PDF Download
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N.S. Mastronikolis, G.E. Tsiropoulos, D. Chorianopoulos, A.Ch. Liava*, T. Stathas, T.A. Papadas
Palatine tonsillar metastasis from lung adenocarcinoma
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 11 - N. 5