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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8-11

Subcutaneous cartilaginous choristoma of neck: A rare entity

1 Department of Pathology, Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College (KCGMC), Karnal, Haryana, India
2 Tapadia Diagnostic Centre, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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Sonu Kalyan
Department of Pathology, Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College (KCGMC), Karnal 132001, Haryana.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijhi.ijhi_1_20

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The term “choristoma” refers to a hamartomatous tumor-like lesion that is composed of normal tissue in an abnormal location Most of the cartilaginous choristomas involve the tongue. These lesions are very rarely seen in the neck. We present a case report of an 8-year-old child presenting with a swelling on the left lower third of the neck anterior and lateral to the left sternocleidomastoid muscle in the subcutaneous plane. Swelling was present as childhood and progressively increased in size. Surgical excision was done and the specimen was sent for histopathological evaluation. Histopathological examination showed a circumscribed nodule of hyaline cartilage separated from the adjacent subcutaneous tissue and overlying skin by a thin fibrous connective tissue. Excision of the lesion including perichondrium and surrounding soft tissue is considered as curative. Removal of the perichondrium is very essential for avoiding recurrences, because perichondrium may have the capacity to develop a new cartilage.

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