Tumor Misdiagnosed As Cancer of the Sphenoid Sinus: Case Report and Literature Review


Respiratory epithelial adenomatoid hamartoma (REAH) is an uncommon lesion of the upper aerodigestive tract first described by Wenig and Heffner in 1995 as prominent glandular proliferations lined by ciliated respiratory epithelium originating from the surface epithelium. Case Report: We report a case of 48-year-old women with nasal polyposis history, which consults for nasal obstruction, with suspicion of malignancy on CT. Surgical resection showed a respiratory epithelial adenomatoid hamartoma (REAH) of the nasal cavity. Conclusion: REAH is a recently described pathologic entity that can present rhinorrhea, epistaxis, hyposmia, and headaches. It is a rare lesion of nasal and paranasal sinuses, but should be considered in the differential diagnosis because it is a benign lesion and complete surgical resection is curative.

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E. Hinde, B. Amal, S. Ihsane, Z. Zouhir, A. Noureddine and A. Afaf, "Tumor Misdiagnosed As Cancer of the Sphenoid Sinus: Case Report and Literature Review," International Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, Vol. 1 No. 2, 2012, pp. 48-50. doi: 10.4236/ijohns.2012.12010.

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