Title:
Skull base inflammatory pseudotumour involving the rhinopharyngeal space
Authors:
A. Ciorba*, R. Bovo*, M. Borrelli**, D. Lombardi*** and A. Martini*
Institutions:
*Audiology Department, **Neuroradiology Department, University Hospital of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy; ***ENT Department, Spidali Civili di Brescia, University of Brescia, Italy
Keywords:
Inflammatory pseudotumour; rhinopharyngeal space; skull base
Pages:
239 - 242
Abstract:
Skull base inflammatory pseudotumour involving the rhinopharyngeal space. Objective: To describe a rare case of inflammatory pseudotumour (IPT) at the skull base involving the right rhinopharyngeal space. Methods: A case is presented; the clinical and therapeutic issues of IPT are reviewed and discussed. Results: The mass resembled a malignant tumour or an aggressive infectious lesion; the final diagnosis was inflamma- tory pseudotumour.A complete regression of the mass was achieved after treatment with high dose oral steroids followed by maintenance steroid therapy. Conclusions: IPT should be considered in the differential diagnosis of rhinopharyngeal malignancies in order to avoid inappropriate (surgical) treatment.
Issue:
Vol. 4, 2008, 4th trimester


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Skull base inflammatory pseudotumour involving the rhinopharyngeal space