Malignancy of the larynx in a child

K. C. Prasad, P. Abraham, R. Peter

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Squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx in children is rare. The management of laryngeal malignancy is more difficult in children than adults for several reasons: The aggressive nature of a tumor that is often diagnosed late in children; the delicacy of pediatric anatomic structures; intraoperative blood loss; long-term post-treatment complications; and psychological factors particular to children. A tracheostomized 13-year-old boy came to us with a 4-month history of hoarseness, breathing difficulty, and swelling in the neck. A detailed examination revealed that a transglottic tumor had infiltrated the thyroid and cricoid cartilage, the upper two tracheal rings, and the thyroid gland. Such an infiltration has not been previously reported. The lesion proved to be a well-differentiated squamous cell carcinoma. We performed a wide-field total laryngectomy, which was followed by radio-therapy. Unfortunately, the child survived only 3 years postoperatively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-511
Number of pages4
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 29-08-2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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