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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 73-75

Spindle cell carcinoma of the larynx: A rare case report

Department of ENT, Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India

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Dr. Binayak Baruah
Department of ENT, Tata Main Hospital, Bistupur, Jamshedpur - 831 001, Jharkhand
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-0513.172074

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Spindle cell carcinoma (SpCC) of the larynx, a subtype and a more aggressive variant of the commonly occurring squamous cell carcinoma, is a unique and rare neoplasm. It comprises of 0.6–1.5% of all laryngeal cancers. Macroscopically, it usually presents as a large pedunculated, polypoidal mass with surface ulceration. Microscopically, however, it is considered as a biphasic tumor that has surface epithelial changes (in situ to invasive carcinoma) and an underlying mesenchymal spindle shaped neoplastic proliferation. If detected early, it has a very good prognosis. We present a case of SpCC in a 70-year-old male, who presented with progressive hoarseness since 1 year. The mass was removed under videolaryngoscopic guidance and thereafter, the patient underwent cobalt 60 radiotherapy. His symptoms gradually improved, and he regained good control of his voice.

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