Analysis of nodal metastasis in malignancies of upper aerodigestive tract

  • Hemant Chopra
  • Som Nath Gupta
  • Neeraj Sud
Short Communication


A mass appearing in the neck can be a diagnostic challenge. The malignancies of upper aerodigestive tract are mostly squamous cell carcinoma and their metastasis remain largely confined to accessible neck areas permitting useful surgical management.

In this study 30 patients were taken up with neck node metastasis. It was found that in supraglottic carcinoma even in no neck incidence of nodal metastasis was high. Even the retropharyngeal lymphnodes not involved in routine radical neck dissection were found to be involved in a few cases, which justifies the search for nodes in retropharyngeal area in routine radical neck dissection.


Squamous Cell Carcinoma Aerodigestive Tract Neck Incidence Neck Node Metastasis Retropharyngeal Lymphnodes 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Acquarelli M.J., Matsunaga R.S. & Cruze K. (1961) : Metastatic Carcinoma of the Neck of Unknown Primary Origin. The Laryngoscope, 962–973.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Blady J.V. (1971): The present status of treatment of cervical metastasis from carcinoma arising in the head and neck region. Am. J. Roentgen. 111 : 56–59.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Martin H. & Marfit H.M. (1944): Cervical lymph node metastasis as the first symptom of cancer. Surg. Gyn. Obst., 78:133–159.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Martin H. & Romieu C. (1952): The diagnostic significance of “lump in the neck.” Post-grad M., 11: 491–500.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Winegar B.K. & Griffin W. (1973): The occult Primay tumour. Arch. Otolaryngol 98. 159–163.PubMedGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Association of Otolaryngologists of India 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hemant Chopra
    • 1
  • Som Nath Gupta
    • 1
  • Neeraj Sud
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of E.N.T.Dayanand Medical College & HospitalLudhiana

Personalised recommendations