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Fibroepithelial Polyp of the Epiglottis

Unusual clinical course, Unusual setting of medical care, Rare disease

Zainab Farzal, Seckin O. Ulualp, Dinesh Rakheja

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, USA

Am J Case Rep 2014; 15:340-342

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.890924

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Published: 2014-08-14

Background: Fibroepithelial polyp, a common type of tumor in the skin and genitourinary tract, is very rare in the respiratory tract. We describe clinical, radiologic, and histological features of a fibroepithelial polyp as a rare cause of an epiglottic mass in a child.
Case Report: An 11-year-old female presented with a 2-month history of sore throat and dysphagia. Flexible laryngoscopy and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) revealed a mass on the lingual surface of the epiglottis. The mass was removed using a carbon dioxide laser and was confirmed histologically as a fibroepithelial polyp.
Conclusions: Fibroepithelial polyp, although uncommon, should be considered in the differential diagnosis of epiglottic mass in children.

Keywords: Child, Biopsy, Diagnosis, Differential, Epiglottis, Laryngeal Neoplasms - surgery, Laryngoscopy, Laser Therapy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Neoplasms, Fibroepithelial - surgery, Polyps - surgery