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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 131-133

Sarcomatoid carcinoma of the maxillary sinus: A rare head and neck tumor


1 Department of Radiation Oncology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi-110 029, India
2 Department of Pathology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi-110 029, India

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Amit Bahl
Department of Radiation Oncology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.43146

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Sarcomatoid carcinomas are rare tumors. These tumors have been reported at other sites, but head and neck origin is extremely uncommon. We report here a rare case of sarcomatoid carcinoma involving the maxilla. Only four such cases with maxillary origin have been discussed in English literature earlier. As compared to squamous cell carcinoma of maxilla, this variant is associated with poor prognosis and advanced disease at presentation, as was also seen in our case. There are no standard recommendations for management owing to the rarity of this histology. Surgery and radiotherapy form the mainstays of treatment. Exploration of the role of chemotherapy and novel targeted therapy agents is warranted in order to improve treatment results.


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