Multiple synchronous fibrovascular polyps of the hypopharynx

Michel R. Nuyens, Nasir I. Bhatti, Paul Flint

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Purpose of the Study: To evaluate the clinical, radiological presentation and surgical management of fibrovascular polyps of the hypopharynx. Methods: Retrospective medical analysis of a case report. We report the case of a 66-year-old man, who presented with an incarcerated left inguinal hernia, vomiting and regurgitation of a large mass into the oral cavity resulting in syncope. MRI and cine-esophagram demonstrated a large mass in the cervical esophagus. At the time of herniorrhaphy, endoscopy revealed an 11.8-cm hypopharyngeal mass that completely obstructed the oropharynx. Results: The airway was secured by tracheostomy and the lesion was subsequently removed via open pharyngotomy. Postoperatively, a second polyp was found ball-valving into the airway, and an endoscopic resection was performed prior to decannulation. Histopathology of both lesions confirmed the diagnosis of a fibrovascular polyp. Conclusion: Fibrovascular polyps are rare benign intraluminal esophageal lesions resulting in mild symptoms of dysphagia that may also cause significant morbidity such as syncope and asphyxia. This is the first report of synchronous fibrovascular polyps of the hypopharynx.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-344
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Endoscopic resection
  • Fibrovascular polyp
  • Hypopharynx
  • Laryngeal obstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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