Pospíšilová D., Stárek I., Flodr P.: Tumors of Cervical Sympathetic Chain

Authors: D. Pospíšilová;  I. Stárek;  P. Flodr 1
Authors‘ workplace: Klinika otorinolaryngologie a chirurgie hlavy a krku LF UP a FN, Olomouc, přednosta prof. MUDr. I. Stárek, CSc. ;  Ústav patologie LF UP a FN, Olomouc, přednosta doc. MUDr. M. Tichý, CSc. 1
Published in: Otorinolaryng. a Foniat. /Prague/, 60, 2011, No. 1, pp. 3-7.
Category: Original Papers


Tumors of cervical sympathetic chain are rare affections, represented mostly by neuromas, less by neuroblastic neoplasms (i.e. ganglioneuroma, ganglioneuroblastoma and neuroblastoma), characterized by the presence of more or less differentiated ganglionic cells. Neurofibroma of this anatomic structure has not been reported so far. Slowly growing benign lesions do not recur after complete surgical resection. Prognosis of malignant, rapidly growing forms with infiltration into surrounding tissues and hematogenous spread is poor. Here 3 cases of sympathetic cervical chain tumors are presented, one of which, a ganglioneuroma, was probably initiated by radiotherapy, applied 32 years ago for an ipsilateral squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil.

Key words:
cervical sympathetic chain, tumor


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