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May 1975

Parapharyngeal Rhabdomyoma

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Human Communication, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia (Drs. Shapiro, Stool, and Snow), and the Department of Radiology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Dr. Chamorro).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1975;101(5):323-326. doi:10.1001/archotol.1975.00780340055012

Rhabdomyoma is a benign tumor of striated muscle origin that is very rare in young children. Review of the world literature revealed 20 cases of extracardiac adult-type rhabdomyoma in the head and neck area. All reported cases have been encapsulated and easily excised.

A 22½-month-old girl with a parapharyngeal rhabdomyoma is unique in that her tumor had atypical histology and lacked a capsule; it could not be "shelled-out."