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Clinical Problem Solving
July 2014

A Woman With Swelling of the Posterior Pharyngeal Wall

Author Affiliations
  • 1College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa
  • 2H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014;140(7):671-672. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2014.861

A woman in her 50s presented with swelling of the posterior pharyngeal wall. The patient denied any associated symptoms such as pain, dysphagia, or respiratory symptoms. Her medical history included Graves disease. Her physical examination revealed a submucosal mass measuring 3.5 × 3 cm in the left posterior oropharyngeal wall extending between the soft palate and the epiglottis. The covering mucosa was intact, with no bleeding, exudates, or ulcers. Findings from her neck examination were unremarkable.

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