Transoral robotic surgery for the treatment of laryngeal chondrosarcoma: A case report

Ashley J. Guthrie, Raymond L. Chai

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Importance: Transoral robotic surgery has revolutionized the practice of head and neck surgery over the past decade, with indications now expanding to include laryngeal pathology. Although laryngeal chondrosarcoma is a rare entity, trends in otolaryngology literature suggest that it can frequently be managed with conservative approaches. We hope to inspire other head and neck surgeons to consider transoral robotic surgery for the treatment of such tumors so that outcomes data can be collected and studied. Observation: An 87-year-old male presented with a left-sided supraglottic mass that was found incidentally on imaging performed for an unrelated reason. Flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy revealed a cystic-appearing supraglottic mass with near complete obstruction of the glottis airway. Internal review of the imaging demonstrated a 3.5 by 2.3 by 2.8 cm centrally hypodense lesion with a rim of calcification in the left paraglottic space, with resultant narrowing of the laryngeal airway. Intervention: The patient underwent awake tracheostomy and transoral robotic subtotal resection of the mass using the Da Vinci surgical system (Intuitive Surgical Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA). The vocal folds, ventricular mucosa, and arytenoid cartilage were grossly preserved. Final pathology revealed a low-grade cartilaginous neoplasm consistent with low-grade chondrosarcoma. Conclusions and relevance: Chondrosarcoma of the larynx is a rare entity that accounts for roughly 1% of laryngeal neoplasms. Recent trends in otolaryngology literature and practice suggest that low-grade chondrosarcomas can be effectively treated with organ-preserving, conservative surgery. Transoral robotic surgery offers numerous advantages over both open and endoscopic approaches. To our knowledge, this is the first report in the literature describing the successful use of transoral robotic surgery for the resection of a laryngeal chondrosarcoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-354
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 May 2018


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