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Tornwaldt's cyst formation after concurrent chemoradiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma


S-L Chang a1 , T-C Wu a2 and C-Y Yiu a3c1
a1 Department of Otolaryngology, Chi-Mei Medical Center, Tainan, Taiwan, ROC
a2 Department of Radiology, Chi-Mei Medical Center, Tainan, Taiwan, ROC
a3 Department of Otolaryngology, Chi-Mei Medical Center, Tainan, Taiwan, ROC

Article author query
chang s-l   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
wu t-c   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
yiu c-y   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 

Abstract

The complications of concurrent chemoradiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma include dryness of mouth, sensorineural hearing loss, dental caries, trismus, pituitary dysfunction, myelitis, paralysis of cranial nerves IX–XII, massive neck fibrosis and pharyngeal wall necrosis. Tornwaldt's cyst formation after concurrent chemoradiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma has not been reported previously in the world literature. Tornwaldt's cyst, a persistent pharyngeal bursa, is found in about 3 per cent of the adult population, although the majority of these are asymptomatic. We describe the previously unreported complication of Tornwaldt's cyst formation after concurrent chemoradiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

(Published Online April 18 2006)
(Accepted December 12 2005)


Key Words: Carcinoma; Nasopharynx; Drug Therapy, Combination; Radiotherapy; Cysts.

Correspondence:
c1 Address for correspondence: Ching-Yi Yiu, Department of Otolaryngology, Chi-Mei Hospital, Liou Ying 201, Taikang Village, Liouying Township 736, Tainan County, Taiwan, ROC. Fax: 886 6 2384036 E-mail: headneckyiu@yahoo.com.tw


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