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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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ZANETTA, Adrián et al. Laryngeal cancer in children: Case report. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2012, vol.110, n.3, pp.e39-e42. ISSN 0325-0075.

Squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx is very rare in children and adolescents. It is usually diagnosed at late stages because early symptoms are often attributed to the maturation process or other common laryngeal pediatric diseases. Early visualization of vocal cords with fexible laryngoscopy is important in children presenting suggestive symptoms of laryngeal pathology. Defnitive diagnosis of carcinoma is made by biopsy, and juvenile laryngeal papillomatosis the most important differential diagnosis. Treatment constitutes a clinical challenge. There are no established protocols, and clinicians should make a special effort to preserve the functions of the larynx, and avoid long term complications. We present a 12-years-old child with invasive laryngeal carcinoma, without prior history of juvenile papillomatosis or radiotherapy, which responded favorably to chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Keywords : Laryngeal carcinoma; Children; Human papilloma virus; Juvenile papillomatosis.

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