Neoplasms of the Nasopharynx

Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is the most common malignant tumour of the nasopharynx, although a wide variety of other nasopharyngeal tumours are also seen. NPC is believed to be the outcome of a unique interaction between underlying genetic susceptibility and surrounding environmental influences. While NPC is usually diagnosed through endoscopic examination and biopsy, imaging plays a central role in accurate tumour mapping and treatment planning, which are critical for optimal therapeutic outcome. Post-treatment imaging is equally important, for early detection of tumour recurrence or treatment complications, which would lead to timely interventions, thereby improving survival and reducing morbidity. This chapter provides a detailed description of the imaging anatomy and pathologic anatomy of the nasopharynx, incorporating the latest TNM classification of NPC. Follow-up issues, particularly on tumour recurrence and treatment complications are discussed. An overview on other neoplasms of the nasopharynx is also presented.


Skull Base Intensity Modulate Radiation Therapy Eustachian Tube Parapharyngeal Space Masticator Space 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyNational University HospitalSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Yong Loo Lin School of MedicineNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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