• 1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Jalan Yaacub Latif, Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia
Chin J Cancer, 2010 Jun;29(6):631-3.
PMID: 20507738


Synovial sarcoma is a rare soft tissue sarcoma of the head and neck region involving the parapharyngeal space. The diagnosis of synovial sarcoma can be very challenging to the pathologists. We present a rare case of parapharyngeal synovial sarcoma in a young female patient who had a two-month history of left cervical intumescent mass at level II. The fine needle aspiration cytology of the mass was proved inconclusive. Transcervical excision of the mass was performed and the first case of parapharyngeal sarcoma was identified in our center by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) technique. Repeat imaging revealed residual tumor. The patient successfully underwent a second excision of the residual tumor and received adjuvant radiotherapy.

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