Monday, October 17, 2011

Granular Cell Tumor of the Larynx

Left Vocal Fold Granular Cell Tumor
Pictured is a left vocal fold granular cell tumor.  When this patient presented, the left vocal fold lesion was suspected to be either a mucoid cyst or polyp.  But during surgery it became obvious that the lesion was infiltrative and adherent to the underlying lamina propria, unlike a cyst or polyp.  This patient happened to be a professional singer, and underwent successful surgery to remove the lesion while preserving the voice.   The lesion was biopsied and then ablated with very narrow margins using the pulsed KTP laser.

Laryngeal Chondrosarcoma

Low Grade Cricoid Chondrosarcoma
Pictured in the photo is a low grade chondrosarcoma of the cricoid cartilage.  Chondrosarcomas generally behave like benign tumors, with slow local expansion but without distal spread or tissue invasion.  In the photo, you can see blunting of the posterior commisure, due to an expansive lesion of the posterior cricoid.

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