Esthesioneuroblastoma metastatic to the trachea

F. Mattavelli, N. Pizzi, E. Pennacchioli, S. Radaelli, G. Calarco, P. Quattrone, L. Patelli, P. Spinelli

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Esthesioneuroblastoma is a rare tumour, for which a multimodal approach, including a combination of surgery and radiation, appears to provide the best disease-free and overall survival. Well-known for its tendency for local recurrence and distant spreading by both lymphatic and haematogenous routes, the most common sites of metastases are lungs and bones, followed by liver, spleen, scalp, breast, adrenals and ovary. One single case of metastasis to the trachea has been reported in the literature. The case is reported here of a patient who developed metastatic esthesioneuroblastoma to the trachea 18 months after primary surgery and radiation therapy. The patient was treated by two subsequent N-YAG laser endoscopic resections and chemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-168
Number of pages5
JournalActa Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Malignant tumours
  • Trachea
  • Tracheal metastasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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