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Management of a recurrent right juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma using direct tumorous puncture embolisation and a subtemporal-preauricular infratemporal fossa surgical approach


A juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma (JNA) is a benign vascular tumour that arises from the pterygopalatine fossa. It is seen near exclusively in young males though female cases have been reported. Symptoms are due to their high vascularity and mass effect. Commonly reported symptoms include: nasal obstruction, epistaxis and nasal discharge. The mainstay of treatment is surgical resection either via an endonasal endoscopic approach or open surgical resection. Preoperative embolisation has been shown to decrease intraoperative bleeding. Embolisation may be undertaken via a transarterial (TA) approach or, more recently, via direct tumorous puncture (DTP). Options for recurrent or residual disease may include revision surgery, radiotherapy or close clinical surveillance. The following case presentation describes the management of a recurrent JNA in an adult male using preoperative embolisation via a combination of TA and DTP embolisation and an open surgical resection via a subtemporal-preauricular infratemporal fossa approach.

  • ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • interventional radiology
  • head and neck surgery
  • neurosurgery
  • otolaryngology / ENT

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