Necrotising herpes simplex laryngitis mimicking a neoplasm

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Abstract

Background: Herpes simplex virus type 1 infections of the head and neck area are common, with a wide variation in presenting symptoms. Isolated involvement of the larynx is rare.

Methods and Results: We describe the case of a 68 year old man who presented with a necrotising mass lesion of the larynx due to herpes simplex virus, confirmed by histopathology and immunohistochemistry studies of a laryngeal biopsy. Clinically and radiologically, this lesion mimicked a neoplasm, leading to diagnostic difficulty.

Conclusion: Laryngeal herpetic infections may present with mass lesions which may simulate a malignant neoplasm.

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  • Authors: S J Broomfield, N Sahasrabudhe, S R Freeman, A R Birzgalis & S M Ismail
  • Keywords: Herpes simplex, Larynx, Neoplasm, Differential diagnosis, Histopathology
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