Well-differentiated liposarcoma arising in the parapharyngeal space: A case report and review of the literature

N. Kikuchi, T. Nakashima, J. Fukushima, K. Nariyama, S. Komune

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Background: Liposarcomas rarely occur in the parapharyngeal space and only a few case reports exist. For curative therapy of liposarcoma, surgical excision remains the dominant modality. Although a wide surgical margin is important to prevent local recurrence, wide excision is often difficult in the head and neck region. Case report: We report a case of a 19-year-old female with a well-differentiated liposarcoma arising in the parapharyngeal space. We removed the tumour surgically utilising a cervical-parotid approach. The histological diagnosis was well-differentiated sclerosing liposarcoma. There is no recurrence after five years and nine months of follow up. Conclusion: The patient's age and the tumour site made it difficult for us to make a quantitative diagnosis before the operation. Well-differentiated liposarcoma rarely develop distant metastasis, but often recur locally. The benefit of adjuvant radiotherapy for well-differentiated liposarcoma is still not clear and careful and long-term follow up is necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S86-S90
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue numberS2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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