CC BY 4.0 · Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU 2023; 13(04): 587-590
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1760440
Case Report

Sarcomatoid Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Vocal Cord: An Uncommon Malignancy

Raveena Prasad
1   Department of Otorhinolaryngology, KS Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte (Deemed to be University), Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Vadisha Bhat
1   Department of Otorhinolaryngology, KS Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte (Deemed to be University), Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Rajeshwary Aroor
1   Department of Otorhinolaryngology, KS Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte (Deemed to be University), Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Kishan Prasad Hosapatna Laxminarayana
2   Department of Pathology, KS Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte (Deemed to be University), Mangalore, Karnataka, India
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Sarcomatoid squamous cell carcinoma is a rare variant of laryngeal carcinoma, which comprises 1.3% of all laryngeal malignancies. It is mainly seen in elderly individuals, with smoking and alcohol being common risk factors. The tumor is most common on true vocal cords; hence, patients especially present with dysphonia. We present a case of an elderly male patient who presented with dysphonia due to a vocal cord lesion. During microlaryngoscopy, a firm, exophytic lesion with a narrow stalk was attached to the anterior one-third of the right vocal cord, excised, and sent for histopathology. Histopathology was suggestive of sarcomatoid squamous cell carcinoma. The patient was successfully treated with radiotherapy. We conclude that benign-appearing laryngeal lesions need to be evaluated and histopathological examination to be performed so that rare entities such as sarcomatoid carcinoma, which mimics benign lesions, can be managed appropriately.


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