HomePhilippine Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeryvol. 25 no. 1 (2010)

Nasopharyngeal Tuberculosis in a Patient Presenting With Upper Airway Obstruction

Cristina S. Ieves, Md | Rubiliza DC Onofre | Fortuna Corazon A. Aberin-roldan | Rene Louie C. Gutierrez



Objective: To report a rare case of upper airway obstruction from multiple pharyngeal masses due to nasopharyngeal tuberculosis in a 22-year-old male.
Design: Case Report
Setting: Tertiary Government Hospital
Patient: One
Result: A 22-year-old Filipino male with upper airway obstruction from multiple pharyngeal masses was diagnosed to have nasopharyngeal tuberculosis by histopathology. He improved after six months of anti-tuberculosis medications.
Conclusion: Tuberculosis should not be overlooked in the differential diagnoses of nasopharyngeal masses because of the difference in its management, and swift and adequate cure, compared to other nasopharyngeal pathologies.