CT characters versus morphopathological characters in pharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma

Vol. 56 No. 1, 2015

ROMANIAN JOURNAL of MORPHOLOGY and EMBRYOLOGY

Ana Magdalena Bratu, Iulia Alecsandra Salcianu, Daniel Alin Cristian, Constantin Zaharia, Garofita Olivia Mateescu, Marius Matei, Serban Vifor Gabriel Bertesteanu, Gabriela Lica, Elena Carmen Niculescu

Pharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma is a rare neoplasm, whose incidence increases with age. Computed tomography (CT) imaging is an easy way to explore the pharyngeal region, having the advantage of being able to highlight and characterize the existence of a tumor in this region, and to determine its local extension and lymphatic metastasis. In this group were included a total of 27 patients, who, following the histopathological findings were diagnosed with pharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma and who have previously received a CT scan. CT examination protocol included a native scan and post-intravenous administration of contrast medium, in both the arterial phase and in parenchymal and venous phase. The scan was made with 2 mm thin sections, subsequently were performed coronal and sagittal reconstructions. The examination plan included the thoracic region down to the aperture. The paper tries to establish correlations between the morphological appearance and semiological computed tomography characters of the lesions.

Corresponding author: Ana Magdalena Bratu, MD, PhD; e-mail: anaconst@clicknet.ro

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