CT and MR features of nasopharyngeal carcinoma in children and young adults

Hidetake Yabuuchi, Tatsuro Fukuya, Sadayuki Murayama, Shuji Sakai, Jun Okamura, Toshiro Fukuda, Kichinobu Tomita, Tokugen Ro, Kouji Masuda

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Abstract

Aim: To clarify CT and MR features of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) in children and young adults. Method: CT and MR findings of 13 patients (30 years old or younger) with a histopathologic diagnosis of NPC were reviewed. Results: Skull base invasion (12/13), lymphadenopathy (10/13), and infiltrative growth (8/8) were common findings. The signal intensity of tumours was slightly higher than that of muscles in six cases and isointense to that of muscles in two cases on T1-weighted images; it was higher than that of muscle and lower than that of cerebellar grey matter on T2-weighted images in all cases. Internal signals were homogeneous in both pre- and post-Gd-enhanced MR images in all cases. Conclusions: Despite its rarity in this age group, NPC should be included in a differential diagnosis when CT and MR imaging reveal these features.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-210
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Radiology
Volume57
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2002
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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