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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 147-150

Tonsillar malignancy - Review of clinico-pathological presentation, diagnosis, and current treatment modalities: A case series

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, Manipur, India

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Pradip Mallik
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Lamphel, Imphal - 795 004, Manipur
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4958.121598

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Oropharyngeal malignancy is the second most common malignancy of the head and neck surpassed only by carcinomas of the alveo-buccal complex in India (excluding thyroid malignancy). More than 75% of these oropharyngeal carcinomas occur in the tonsillar area. Two-thirds of the patients with tonsillar carcinomas present at advanced stages because early lesions are generally asymptomatic when small. A total of 5 cases of tonsillar malignancy (2 undifferentiated carcinomas, 2 non- Hodgkin's lymphomas, and 1 squamous cell carcinoma were reported and treated in the last 1 year. Four out of 5 cases presented with advanced disease (stage 4) at the time of their first visit to the hospital. A good response was seen in majority with primary radiotherapy or combined chemoradiation. This case series is an attempt to define the presentation, diagnosis, currently available treatment, and prognosis of these tumors.

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