The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

Clinical Records

Malignant head and neck germ cell tumours

J. Lanzaa1, K. Wooha1, S. Goldberga2 and G. Har-Ela1 c1

a1 Department of Otolaryngology, Suny—Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York;

a2 Department of Pathology, University Hospital of Staten Island, New York.


Malignant germ cell tumours of the head and neck are extremely rare. Their behaviour, despite aggressive surgical and adjuvant therapy, is relentless with most cases resulting in a fatal outcome. In this paper we present a case of a cervical embryonal carcinoma and review the presentation, clinical course and treatment of malignant germ cell tumours.

(Accepted October 25 1991)


c1 Gady Har-El, M.D., Department of Otolaryngology, The Long Island College Hospital, 340 Henry Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201. Fax: 718-802-1036.


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