Acta Scientific Dental Sciences (ISSN: 2581-4893)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 8

A Case of Sinonasal Lymphoepithelial Carcinoma Presenting as a Palatal Swelling

Nikolaos Kolomvos1, Dionysios Kyrmizakis2, Evangelia Piperi3 and Evanthia Chrysomali3*

1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
2Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Heraklion Hospital, Greece
3Department of Oral Medicine and Pathology, School of Dentistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

*Corresponding Author: Evanthia Chrysomali, Department of Oral Medicine and Pathology, School of Dentistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

Received: June 29, 2020; Published: July 25, 2020



Lymphoepithelial carcinoma is a rare type of undifferentiated carcinoma, characterized by atypical epithelial cells surrounded by a reactive lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate. We report a case of sinonasal lymphoepithelial carcinoma arising in the left maxillary sinus in an 80-year-old Caucasian male patient. The lesion had invaded the adjacent lateral wall of the nasal cavity appearing on the palate as a painful swelling. There was no evidence of tumor involvement from the nasopharynx and larynx assessment and no swollen cervical lymph nodes were noticed on the head and neck imaging examination. An incisional biopsy from the oral cavity, as well as an endoscopic biopsy of the neighboring nasal mass were performed. The histopathological and immunohistochemical analysis of both specimens showed identical features and a common diagnosis of sinonasal lymphoepithelial carcinoma was rendered. In conclusion, oral swellings located on the palate may be associated with maxillary sinus malignancies. Thus, the clinician should include in the differential diagnosis not only primary oral carcinomas, but also malignant neoplasms arising from neighboring anatomic sites.

Keywords: Lymphoepithelial Carcinoma; Maxillary Sinus; Palate; Sinonasal



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Citation: Evanthia Chrysomali., et al. “A Case of Sinonasal Lymphoepithelial Carcinoma Presenting as a Palatal Swelling". Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 4.8 (2020): 48-51.

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