The histopathologic diagnosis of head and neck tumors by special stains

A. Komisar, F. Schetman, M. DaSilva, H. Ioachim, S. M. Blaugrund

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Various histochemical and immunocytochemical stains were useful in the diagnosis of six unusual head and neck neoplasms that included spindle-cell squamous carcinoma, synovial sarcoma, mucoepidermoid carcinoma, melanoma, T-cell lymphoma, and B-cell lymphoma. Close cooperation with a pathologist ensured rapid diagnosis and the initiation of appropriate therapy. Three cases required special histochemical stains to make a diagnosis or determine tumor differentiation. The three other cases would have been identified as poorly-differentiated tumors of unknown origin without the use of special immunocytochemical stains. These latter findings influenced our final therapeutic strategy, which emphasizes the uses of special stains and studies to accurately identify tumors of the head and neck.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)702-712
Number of pages11
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


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