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01.12.2012 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2012 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2012

Lymphoepithelial carcinoma in the maxillary sinus: a case report

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Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2012
Autoren:
Darouichi Mohammed, Alshammari Jaber, Monnier Philippe, Sandu Kishore
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1752-1947-6-416) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests in the preparation of this article.

Authors’ contributions

DM, collection of data, manuscript preparation; AJ, collection of data, manuscript preparation; MP, manuscript preparation, analysis; SK, manuscript preparation, analysis. SK was the major contributor to writing the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Abstract

Introduction

Lymphoepithelial carcinoma of the maxillary sinus is a very rare malignancy and it can be difficult to make a pre-operative diagnosis.

Case presentation

A 72-year-old Caucasian woman presented to our facility with an isolated right-side epistaxis that had been present for three months, with the results of a computed tomography scan showing a soft tissue mass in the right maxillary sinus with an impacted tooth. The results of a transnasal endoscopic biopsy were compatible with a lymphoepithelial carcinoma, following which our patient underwent a radical excision of the mass. The final histology results revealed lymphoepithelial carcinoma of the maxillary sinus with negative assays for Epstein-Barr virus. Our patient was given post-operative external radiotherapy and has remained disease-free at three-year follow-up.

Conclusions

This report details the diagnosis and management of a case of lymphoepithelial carcinoma of the maxillary sinus, which is a very rare malignant tumor with very little mention in the literature. Only a strong suspicion with systematic use of various patho-immunological tests helps to arrive at a definitive diagnosis by excluding other better-known tumors.

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