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Case Report
Nasopharyngeal Glial Heterotopia with Intracranial Extension: A Case Report
1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Koç University Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey  
2 Department of Pathology, Koç University Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey  
Turk Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2018; 56: 177-179
DOI: 10.5152/tao.2018.3204
Key Words: Nasopharynx, glial heterotopia, pediatric, respiratory distress

Glial heterotopia is a non-neoplastic, extracranial midline malformation. Nasal glioma is the most frequently encountered entity among congenital nasal masses, which are seen in one in 20,000–40,000 live births (1). It consists of differentiated neuroectodermal tissue outside the central nervous system (2). Clinicians may commonly consider adenoid hypertrophy as the cause for the complaints of nasopharyngeal obstruction and feeding difficulties in infants and older children; however, nasopharyngeal glial heterotopias may also mimic this presentation. The most common age for diagnosis is the newborn period or early childhood (3). A recent literature review revealed that glial heterotopia may lead to upper airway obstruction, which is reported to occur in 48.6% of 181 patients 


Cite this article as: Gökler O, Karanfil I, Koçak İ, Altuntaş MO, Armutlu A, Ünal ÖF. Nasopharyngeal Glial Heterotopia with Intracranial Extension: A Case Report. Turk Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2018; 56(3): 177-9.


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