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Chondrosarcoma of the thyroid cartilage: surgical management of a rare case
  1. Anna Kinsella1,
  2. Mel Corbett1,
  3. Sean Hacking2 and
  4. John Lang1
  1. 1Department of Otolaryngology, Galway University Hospital, Galway, Ireland
  2. 2Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anna Kinsella; annakinsella{at}


Laryngeal malignancy encompasses about 1% of all cancers. Chondrosarcoma in the head and neck region represents about 0.1% of head and neck malignancies. Typical presenting symptoms relate to the anatomical location of these tumours and include dysphonia, inspiratory stridor, dysphagia, odynophagia or a neck mass. Benign and malignant cartilaginous cancers of the larynx have been described, and preoperative diagnosis can be difficult. Our report highlights the surgical management of a male patient in his 50s with chondrosarcoma of the thyroid cartilage.

  • Ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Pathology

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  • Contributors AK: planning/reporting. AK and MC: conception, design, acquisition of data and analysis. SH: pathology review. AK, MC, SH and JL: review and adjustments.

  • 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.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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