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.
Batsakis JG, Nishiyama RH, Sullinger GD. Synovial Sarcomas of the Neck. Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;85(3):327–331. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760040329016
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