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March 1967

Synovial Sarcomas of the Neck

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;85(3):327-331. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760040329016

SYNOVIAL sarcomas comprise approxi mately 8.5% of all malignant tumors of the somatic soft tissues and according to Pack and Ariel are the commonest sarcomas of the hands and feet.1

A primary synovial sarcoma of an area besides the extremity is rare, but such lesions have been reported in the abdominal and chest walls, lower back, and neck. In a recent review of tumors of soft tissues, Martin et al record no synoviomas in the cervical region from a total of 412 malignant soft tissue neoplasms.2 In 1961, Harrison and his associates, after a review of the literature, accepted only five cases of primary synovial sarcoma of the neck.3 Because of its rarity and histological peculiarities, the neoplasm may be a perplexing one for both the surgeon and the pathologist.

In the present report, the authors record three additional cases, including one from their own experience.


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