Nasopharyngeal lymphangioma in an adult: A rarity


  • Presented at the 34th Turkish National Otorhinolaryngology and Head–Neck Congress, Antalya, Turkey, October 10–14, 2012.

  • The authors have no funding, financial relationships, or conflicts of interest to disclose.


Lymphangiomas are rare congenital tumors of the lymphatic system, most often encountered during childhood. Although the most frequent locations for lymphangioma are the head and neck region, isolated involvement of the nasopharynx is very rare and only two cases have been reported since 1969. We report a case of a 60-year-old male with a nasopharyngeal mass that presented with nasal obstruction. The surgical excision of mass was performed by a combined transoral and transnasal endoscopic approach. Histopathological evaluation revealed the diagnosis as lymphangioma. After a follow-up of 18 months the patient is free of recurrence. Laryngoscope, 123:2972–2975, 2013