Rhabdomyoma of the Tonsillar Fossa

Karaman E., Saritzali G., Ozcora E.

JOURNAL OF CRANIOFACIAL SURGERY, vol.20, no.4, pp.1207-1209, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/scs.0b013e3181acdd48
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1207-1209
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Extracardiac rhabdomyomas are very uncommon tumors comprising approximately 2% of the neoplasms of striated muscle origin. The adult extracardiac rhabdomyoma is generally characterized as a slowly growing, usually solitary lesion, which is nearly always found in the head and neck area of elderly persons. The most common reported head and neck subsites are the floor of the Mouth, tongue, palate, lips, and checks. We report all unusual presentation of rhabdomyoma that should be included in the differential diagnosis of tumors presenting as a large tonsillar fossa mass, In our review of the almost 160 clinical notes reported in the literature, oily instances of tonsillar rhabdomyomas were found. The cytologic and immunohistochemical differential diagnoses of this tumor are also discussed.