Cancer of the hypopharynx — A clinical study of 290 cases

  • M. Barua
  • R. Sinha
  • A. Majumdar
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Between 1986–1990, 290 patients with squamouscell carcinoma of the hypopharynx were assessed at the S. S. K. M. Hospital Calcutta, out of the total of 1460 number of Head Neck cancer, (19.8%). The most frequent initial symptom was a foreign body sensation in the throat (70%), and males were affected more than females (9.8 : 1.2). The peak age incidence was found between 40 and 50 years (24%). Most of the patients came in advanced stages with cervical lymph node metastases (60%).

One interesting fact that came out from the present study is the Right pyriform fassa was more commonly affected than the left in righthanded persons (56.9%). Though the reason is not clear it could be due to right — sided swallow, as one side may be predominant in funtion.


Medical Officer Neck Node Cervical Lymph Node Metastasis Pyriform Sinus Posterior Pharyngeal Wall 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Barua
    • 1
  • R. Sinha
    • 1
  • A. Majumdar
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ENTS.S.K.M. Hospital & I.P.G.M.E. & R.Calcutta
  2. 2.Department RadiotherapyS. S. K. M. Hospital & I. P. G. M. E. & R.Calcutta

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