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Image-guided transnasal endoscopic fine needle aspiration or biopsy of parapharyngeal space tumours

  • J R Abbas (a1), J R Abbas (a2), K E L Hamlett (a2) and J de Carpentier (a2)

Parapharyngeal space biopsy is an important investigation in the management of parapharyngeal space tumours. These tumours are relatively rare and the surgeon is often faced with a wide range of differential diagnoses. There are several ways to access the parapharyngeal space, with varying degrees of associated morbidity.


This paper describes a seldom used, but a simple and safe, image-guided endoscopic approach to parapharyngeal space biopsy that enables tissue to be obtained transnasally. The procedure is conducted under general anaesthesia using computed tomography image guidance via the LandmarX system, with transnasal access to the parapharyngeal space achieved using a sampling needle.


This procedure is relatively simple, safe and reproducible. It is a less invasive approach to parapharyngeal space biopsy, and one which has been successfully used by the senior author for years without any significant morbidity.


Transnasal image-guided endoscopic aspiration or biopsy of the parapharyngeal space is a novel technique that has not been previously described.

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Author for correspondence: Miss Katharine Hamlett, 14 Queens Road, Hale, Altrincham WA15 9HF, UK E-mail:
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