Myxomas of the head and neck

Todd Andrews, Kountakis Stilianos E., Alberto A.J. Maillard

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Purpose: Myxomas are rare, locally infiltrative, benign, connective tissue tumors that are found in bone and somatic soft tissues. This article reports our experience with head and neck myxomas and provides a comprehensive literature review. Materials and Methods: Retrospective record review of head and neck myxoma cases seen at 2 tertiary referral centers in Houston, Texas, from 1970 to 1994. Comprehensive literature review and compilation of all myxomas reported in the head and neck. Results: We identified 7 cases of true head and neck myxoma treated in our centers and identified 169 cases reported in the literature. Most often, myxomas originated in bone (mandible or maxilla) and were most commonly found in adults. All tumors except 1 were treated surgically. Recurrence rates were 6% for local or wide excision and 28% for more conservative surgery such as enucleation or curretage. Conclusions: Myxomas of the head and neck should be treated with complete excision of the tumor with clear margins. (C) 2000 by W.B. Saunders Company.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-189
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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