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Recurrent transient loss of airway secondary to regurgitated pedunculated hypopharyngeal liposarcoma
  1. Craig John Hickson,
  2. Omar Ahmed,
  3. Juliet Laycock and
  4. Robert Hone
  1. Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Canterbury, Kent, UK
  1. Correspondence to Craig John Hickson; craighickson{at}


We describe a rare case of hypopharyngeal liposarcoma with an atypical presentation. The patient presented with a 3-month history of intermittent, transient acute airway obstruction. In between episodes, he was asymptomatic. A pedunculated tumour originating in the postcricoid region was seen to be suspended into the oesophagus and intermittently regurgitated into the larynx to cause airway obstruction. The lesion was endoscopically removed and examined histologically to confirm the diagnosis. On-going management of rare lesions such as this should be through multidisciplinary team meetings at a tertiary sarcoma centre.

  • ear
  • nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • surgery

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  • Contributors CJH identified the case, drafted the original manuscript, obtained patient consent and edited the final manuscript. OA and JL helped draft the original manuscript and edited the final manuscript. RH is the consultant in charge of the patients care. He oversaw drafting of the original manuscript 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.

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