Superficial extending carcinoma of the laeynx

Sandro Sulfaro, Rachele Volpe, Luigi Barzan, Francesco Querin, Mario Lutman, Roberto Comoretto, Antonino Carbone

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Superficial extending carcinoma of the hypopharynx is a recently recognized form of carcinoma regarded as a possible pharyngeal counterpart to early gastric cancer and superficial esophageal carcinoma. In this study we report the radiological, clinical, and pathological features of three carcinomas of the larynx, which show architectural and histo- pathological features similar to those previously described in superficial extending carcinoma of the hypopharynx. These cases were singled out from a series of 37 consecutive laryngectomy specimens of primary infiltrating laryngeal carcinomas that were uniformly studied by means of a whole-organ sections technique. Pathologically, these cases showed a clearly invasive growth through the basal membrane into the lamina propria and an entire or predominant, extensive, superficial type of spread; infiltration of underlying muscle or gland structures was restricted to a few microscopic foci, regardless of the presence of lymph node metastases. The present study demonstrates that infiltrating carcinomas with a preferential superficial type of growth may also be encountered in the larynx. Differences between the histological features of these carcinomas of the larynx and the histopathological spectrum of so-called early laryngeal cancer are emphasized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1127-1132
Number of pages6
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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