Unilateral Pedunculated Lymphangiectatic Fibrolipomatous Polyp of the Palatine Tonsil: A Rare Case

Aslier N. G. Y., ASLIER M.

TURKISH ARCHIVES OF OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY, vol.55, no.2, pp.91-94, 2017 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/tao.2017.2323
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • Page Numbers: pp.91-94
  • Keywords: Dysphagia, hamartoma, palatine tonsil, polyp, tonsillectomy
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


Lymphangiomatous polyps are rare benign hamartomatous tumors of the palatine tonsils that can cause significant distress to the patients such as sore throat, foreign body sensation, a lumpy feeling in the throat region, dysphagia, and eventual suffocation. In this paper, the case of a 17-year-old male who came to the outpatient clinic with a complaint of difficulty in swallowing, eventual vomiting, and occasions of hematemesis is presented. On physical examination, the patient had a smooth-surface, polypoid, pedunculated tumoral lesion originating from the middle pole of the left palatine tonsil and protruding into the oropharyngeal isthmus. The patient underwent left tonsillectomy. Histopathological examination of the surgical specimen showed typical features of a lymphangiectatic fibrolipomatous polyp. The case reported herein with the brief literature review points out the clinical and the benign, non-neoplastic characteristics of the lymphangiectatic fibrolipomatous polyp, which can be cured by surgical excision along with tonsillectomy.