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Neoplasms of the Oropharynx

  • Robert Hermans
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Abstract

Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common neoplasm originating in the oropharynx. Cigarette smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are well-known risk factors. Infection by high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) is also a well-recognized risk factor for development of oropharyngeal cancer, and these patients have a better prognosis than those with tobacco or alcohol-induced cancers. As in other head and neck sites, the clinical examination and imaging studies are complementary in the evaluation of the tumor extent. Accurate staging is important in the pretreatment planning of oropharyngeal malignancies. After a review of the normal anatomy, this chapter describes the imaging findings in oropharyngeal cancer, focusing on tumor extent patterns in the different oropharyngeal subsites.

Keywords

Soft Palate Oropharyngeal Cancer Tongue Base Parapharyngeal Space Lingual Nerve 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity HospitalsLeuvenBelgium

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