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Case Report  |   July 1989
Fibrosarcoma of the nose and the paranasal sinuses
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Case Report   |   July 1989
Fibrosarcoma of the nose and the paranasal sinuses
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 1989, Vol. 89, 901. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1989.89.7.901
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 1989, Vol. 89, 901. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1989.89.7.901
Abstract

We report a case of fibrosarcoma of the nose and paranasal sinuses and give a brief review of the literature. Fibrosarcoma of the nose and paranasal sinuses is uncommon, and few cases have been reported to date. Previously these tumors may have been overdiagnosed secondary to inadequate diagnostic procedures. Because histologic diagnosis is difficult, these tumors have been confused with other lesions of the head and neck. Thus, the improvement in diagnostic procedures has significantly reduced the reported incidence of fibrosarcoma. Because histologic diagnosis is difficult, this tumor has often been confused with other lesions of the head and neck. To ensure proper handling of the tissue, the pathologist should be informed if fibrosarcoma is suspected. It may be necessary to use electron microscopy or staining techniques such as immunoperoxidase stains to distinguish fibrosarcoma from other lesions. Unfortunately, the early signs and symptoms of the tumor are vague and sometimes misleading. Thus, at the patient's initial visit, it is important that the physician consider the possibility of fibrosarcoma.