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October 1998

Pathologic Quiz Case 2

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1998;124(10):1173. doi:10.1001/archotol.124.10.1170

Liposarcoma is the second most common soft tissue sarcoma in the adult population, accounting for approximately 15% of all sarcomas. It is most commonly found in the extremities or the retroperitoneum.1 Head and neck liposarcoma accounts for between 3% and 5.6% of all liposarcomas.2 The majority of head and neck liposarcomas arise in the soft tissues of the neck. Sarcomas represent only 1% to 2% of all laryngeal tumors, up to half of which are fibrosarcomas.3 Primary liposarcoma of the larynx or hypopharynx is exceedingly rare, with fewer than 50 cases identified in the literature.