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January 2016

Bilateral Mucopyocele of the Torus Tubarius Presenting as Headache

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of California San Diego, San Diego
  • 2School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
  • 3Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, Veterans Affairs Hospital, San Diego, La Jolla, California
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016;142(1):101-102. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2015.2568

Cystic lesions of the nasopharynx are typically asymptomatic and are often discovered incidentally with imaging or endoscopic examination. The etiology of these lesions can be either congenital or acquired. Acquired lesions, such as mucoceles, salivary duct cysts, oncocytic (Warthin) cysts, intra-adenoid cysts, and abscesses, occur throughout the nasopharynx and are associated with local trauma, such as surgery, radiation, or neoplastic or infectious processeses.1 Given their natural history, bilateral acquired lesions are an exceedingly uncommon presentation.2

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