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Monophasic synovial sarcoma of the pyriform fossa
  1. Chun Tau Ng1,
  2. Eugene Hung Chih Wong2 and
  3. Narayanan Prepageran3
  1. 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  2. 2Department of Surgery, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  3. 3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Eugene Hung Chih Wong; eugene.wong.hc{at}


Head and neck synovial sarcoma is rare. We report the case of a 71-year-old man who presented with progressive dysphagia, odynophagia, shortness of breath on exertion and hoarseness of voice. Nasendoscopy revealed a smooth, non-fungating, non-ulcerative mass arising from the left lateral pharyngeal wall. CT showed a well-defined, heterogenous enhancing lesion arising from the left pyriform fossa. Initial biopsy taken was inconclusive and patient underwent a transcervical complete excision of the tumour, where histopathological analysis confirmed the diagnosis of monophasic synovial sarcoma of the left pyriform fossa. This patient also received adjuvant radiotherapy postoperatively and remained disease free 1 year after completion of treatment.

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  • nose and throat
  • head and neck cancer

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  • Contributors CTN was involved in methodology and writing of original draft including literature review preparation. EHCW was involved in writing of the original draft, reviewing and editing. NP was involved in overall supervision and final editing of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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