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August 1972

Chemodectomas of the Nasopharynx

Author Affiliations

Boston; Louisville, Ky
From the departments of otolaryngology and pathology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, James Homer Wright Pathological Laboratories, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Louisville Medical School, Louisville, Ky (Dr. Green).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;96(2):138-141. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770090212008

Chemodectomas of the nasopharynx are rare tumors, but they should be considered when profuse hemorrhage is encountered in a nasopharyngeal mass. Their origin is considered to be the nodose ganglion of the vagus nerve. Recommended therapy for symptomatic patients is surgical excision with appropriate precautions to control the hemorrhage. Two patients with this lesion are discussed.