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March 1969

Maxillary Sinus Angiofibroma Treated With Cryosurgery

Author Affiliations

Brooklyn, NY

From the departments of surgery (Division of Otolaryngology) (Drs. Maniglia and Mazzarella), pathology (Dr. Minkowitz), and radiology (Dr. Moskowitz), State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(3):527-532. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020529015

JUVENILE angiofibroma is an unusual benign, although destructive, tumor of the nasopharynx which rarely presents itself at other sites. Its occurrence within the maxillary sinus with a normal nasopharynx is very rare. We are reporting such a case. To the best of our knowledge this is the seventh such case reported in the literature and the first treated successfully by cryosurgery.

Report of a Case  This 15-year-old Negro boy was admitted to the State University-Kings County Medical Center for the first time April 17, 1967, because of progressively increasing difficulty in breathing through the right nostril for the past two years. During this period a few episodes of epistaxis occurred. Two months prior to admission he noted bilateral nasal obstruction and a mucopurulent rhinorrhea. There was no history of any allergies.Physical examination revealed a well-nourished, well-developed Negro boy who appeared to be his stated age. The secondary sexual characters

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