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Hypertrophic Osteoarthropathy in Nasopharyngeal Carcinomas: A Rare Differential

Arvind Krishnamurthy, Satish K Srinivas, A Vasanthan, CV Divyaambica, S Sathasiva Subramanium, U Majhi, R Krishnakumar

Citation Information : Krishnamurthy A, Srinivas SK, Vasanthan A, Divyaambica C, Sathasiva Subramanium S, Majhi U, Krishnakumar R. Hypertrophic Osteoarthropathy in Nasopharyngeal Carcinomas: A Rare Differential. Int J Head Neck Surg 2010; 1 (3):171-173.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10001-1033

Published Online: 01-04-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2010; The Author(s).


Hypertrophic osteoarthropathy (HOA) is a condition characterized by periosteal reaction of tubular long bones and characteristic bulbous deformity of the digital tips with synovial effusion. It is usually encountered in conjunction with diseases involving the lungs, mediastinum, heart, pleura and gastrointestinal tract. The occurrence of HOA as a paraneoplastic manifestation in nasopharyngeal carcinoma is rare and only a handful of cases have been reported in literature and that too in the pediatric age group. An association with pulmonary metastasis was often described in these case reports. We present a case of HOA associated with nasopharyngeal carcinoma in a 20 years old gentleman in the absence of pulmonary metastasis.

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