Case Report

Epiglottic Fibrosis as a Late Complication of Radiotherapy for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma


  • Zeynep Alkan
  • Deniz Tuna Edizer
  • Özgür Yiğit
  • Gülben Erden Huq

Received Date: 16.03.2012 Accepted Date: 19.07.2012 IMJ 2013;14(2):117-119

Radiotherapy is a widely used treatment for most head and neck neoplasms either as an adjuvant or primary therapy. However, it has many complications that can be classified as early or late. Late complications may manifest many years, sometimes decades, after the completion of radiotherapy. The addition of chemotherapy to the radiotherapy contributes to the development of more severe complications. We present a case of severe dyspnea and dysphagia 26 years after treatment of nasopharyngeal carcinoma with radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Keywords: Radiotherapy, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, dysphagia, dyspnea, late complication