Vagal paragangliomas (VPs) are a rare subset of neuroendocrine tumour derived from paraganglia located in the head/neck that are usually indolent in nature. Typical clinical presentations include pulsatile tinnitus or hoarseness associated with a neck mass. Surgery and radiation therapy remain the primary treatment modalities but come with significant morbidity including cranial nerve damage. We describe a unique case of VP in which cough was the only presenting symptom, that was exacerbated by enlargement of the tumour. Symptoms improved following radiation treatment.
- head and neck cancer
- respiratory cancer
- lung function
- cancer intervention
- nose and throat
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Contributors CTH wrote the manuscript with support from ML and KL. PS supervised the project.
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.
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