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December 2018

A Parathyroid Hemangioma of the Retropharynx

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City
  • 2Department of Clinical Pathology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(12):1181-1183. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.2248

Hemangiomas are aberrant vascular lesions commonly seen in the head, neck, and oral cavity, with a higher prevalence in white populations and female patients.1 Hemangiomas are also the most common lesions of the salivary glands, predominantly of the parotid, in childhood.2 Parathyroid hemangiomas are rare, with only 4 previous cases described. The first of these was published by Merino et al,3 who described 2 cases of intraparathyroid hemangiomas in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism. Svec et al4 described a similar pathology arising from a parathyroid gland adenoma in a patient with primary hyperparathyroidism. Nguyen et al5 reported the first account of a parathyroid hemangioma in a patient without accompanying hyperparathyroidism.

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