Surgical Management of Parapharyngeal Space Tumours in a Single Tertiary Care Center

  • Pradeep PradhanEmail author
  • Chappity Preetam
  • Pradipta Kumar Parida
  • Swagatika Samal
  • Dillip Kumar Samal
Original Article


Because of the inaccessibility and overcrowding of the vital neurovascular structures, management of the parapharyngeal space (PPS) tumour is always a challenge to the surgeons. Here we have discussed the clinical findings and management of the PPS tumours with special concern to the surgical approaches. It is a retrospective study containing 14 patients of PPS tumour from June 2015 to January 2018 in the department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head Neck Surgery in a tertiary care referral hospital. 14 consecutive patients with PPS tumours were included in the study. The retrospective clinical data, diagnostic procedures, surgical approaches and the complications were analyzed after 12 months of surgery. Of 14 patients included in the study, 10 patients were males and 4 were females. Prestyloid and poststyloid spaces were involved in 28.57% and 71.42% cases respectively. Transcervical excision of the tumours were performed in 10 patients, 2 patients had undergone transcervical-transoral approach. Transcervical transmandibular and transcervical transparotid excision of tumours were performed in one patient each. Facial nerve injury was detected in 3(21.42%) patients. Injury to the internal carotid artery and wound infection were detected in one patient each. Radiological imaging, especially the MRI helps by narrowing the spectrum of the differential diagnosis distinguishing the benign from malignant lesions, especially in cases where FNAC is contraindicated. Although the transcervical approach is commonly practiced, the combined surgical approach can be effectively applied specially for extensive PPS tumours associated with satisfactory clinical outcomes.


Parapharyngeal space tumour Surgical management Outcomes 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


This research has received no financial grant from any funding agency, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

Ethical Standards

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Written informed consent has been taken from each patient prior to the surgery and same has been informed to the institute reviewer board. No part of the body has been demonstrated in the case report without the permission of the concerned patient.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ENT and Head Neck SurgeryAll India Institute of Medical SciencesBhubaneswarIndia

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