HomePhilippine Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeryvol. 30 no. 1 (2015)

Unilateral Pedunculated Polyp of the Palatine Tonsil

Daniel Jose C. Mendoza, Md | Antonio H. Chua, Md | Samantha S. Castañeda, Md



Objectives: To report a benign tonsillar lesion presenting as a pedunculated polyp and discuss its diagnosis and management.
Design: Case Report
Setting: Tertiary Government Hospital
Patient: One
Results: A 14-year-old lad presented with a seven-year history of an elongated right tonsillar mass without associated bleeding, pain, dysphagia or obstructive sleep apnea. Physical examination revealed a pedunculated mass about 2 x 1 x 0.5cm in size located in the superior pole. After unilateral tonsillectomy, histopathological examination revealed lymphangectatic lipomatous fibrotic polyp.
Conclusion: Lymphangiomatous polyp of the palatine tonsils is an unusual benign lesion of the head and neck. These are commonly present as unilateral, polypoidal mass that cannot be clinically differentiated from other benign tonsillar lesions. Tonsillectomy is the recommended surgical approach for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Histopathological study must be done to confirm diagnosis.