Metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil presenting as multiple cystic neck masses: Report of a case with fine needle aspiration findings

H. Y. Thompson, R. P. Fulmer, V. J. Schnadig

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Abstract

A case of squamous cell carcinoma with multiple cystic metastases to the neck is reported. The tumor originally presented as a tender left neck mass clinically misdiagnosed as an abscess secondary to infected dental caries. Subsequently, multiple cervical neck cysts developed, and fine needle aspiration (FNA) of two of them demonstrated metastatic squamous cell carcinoma. A tonsillar primary was found. Metastatic squamous carcinoma of the tonsil often presents as a solitary neck cyst that may be confused with a benign lesion. On FNA the lesion must be distinguished from branchial cleft cyst and Warthin's tumor with squamous metaplasia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-607
Number of pages3
JournalActa Cytologica
Volume38
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994

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Palatine Tonsil
Fine Needle Biopsy
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Neck
Branchioma
Adenolymphoma
Bone Cysts
Metaplasia
Dental Caries
Diagnostic Errors
Abscess
Cysts
Neoplasm Metastasis
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • biopsy, needle
  • carcinoma
  • oat cell
  • tonsil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Cell Biology
  • Histology

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Metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil presenting as multiple cystic neck masses : Report of a case with fine needle aspiration findings. / Thompson, H. Y.; Fulmer, R. P.; Schnadig, V. J.

In: Acta Cytologica, Vol. 38, No. 4, 1994, p. 605-607.

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