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August 1972

Nonchromaffin Paraganglioma of the Larynx

Author Affiliations

Cincinnati; Houston
From the Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati (Dr. Tobin) and the Department of Otolaryngology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston (Dr. Harris).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;96(2):154-157. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770090228012

A case of nonchromaffin paraganglioma of the larynx, successfully treated with a supraglottic laryngectomy, is added to the five previously reported cases of this tumor arising in the larynx. A possible origin of this tumor is related to migration of neuroepithelial elements of the parasympathetic nervous system. A smooth, red, supraglottic mass associated with heavy bleeding at the time of biopsy should suggest the possibility of a nonchromaffin paraganglioma. Conservative therapy appears to be adequate, although long-term follow-up studies are not available.