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Giant fibrovascular polyp of the hypopharynx: per-oral endoscopic removal

  • S Ozdemir (a1), O Gorgulu (a2), T Selcuk (a2), Y Akbas (a3), C Sayar (a2) and H Sayar (a4)...



We report an extremely rare case of giant fibrovascular polyp of the hypopharynx.


We present a 49-year-old man who had increasing difficulty swallowing, advanced respiratory distress and weight loss, as well as a hypopharyngeal mass protruding from his mouth.


Diagnosis was confirmed by endoscopic examination and computed tomography. A tracheostomy was required due to laryngeal obstruction by the regurgitated mass. The giant polyp was removed via per-oral endoscopic excision under general anaesthesia.


Fibrovascular polyps occur most commonly in the cervical oesophagus, and are extremely rare in the hypopharynx. They can grow to a very large size over several years. We discuss the symptoms, diagnosis and surgical treatment techniques for upper aerodigestive tract fibrovascular polyps, in the light of the literature.


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Address for correspondence: Dr Suleyman Ozdemir, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Cukurova University School of Medicine, Balcali, Adana 01100, Turkey Fax: +90 322 3386639 E-mail:


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