Nasopharyngeal biopsy in adults: A large-scale study in a non endemic area

Sara Abu-Ghanem, Narin Nard Carmel, Gilad Horowitz, Moshe Yehuda, Moshe Leshno, Yasmin Abu-Ghanem, Dan M. Fliss, Avraham Abergel*

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Background: Limited data exist on the referral criteria for endoscopic-guided nasopharyngeal biopsy to rule out nasopharyngeal malignancy among adults in a non-endemic area. Methods: Retrospective study of all adult patients that had been referred to our outpatient clinic to undergo endoscopic-guided nasopharyngeal biopsy to exclude nasopharyngeal malignancy between 1/2006–10/2013. All medical consultation referral letters were reviewed, and statistical analyses were conducted to evaluate clinically significant predictors (demographics, clinical manifestations, nasopharyngeal endoscopic findings) for nasopharyngeal malignancy. Results: A total of 470 patients (470 nasopharyngeal biopsies, 54.9% males and 66% smokers) were included. The most common pathological result was adenoid/lymphoid hyperplasia (76.2%). The overall negative rate of all biopsies for malignancy was 94.2%. Twenty-seven patients had nasopharyngeal malignancy: 22 had squamous cell carcinoma and 5 had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Advanced age, cervical mass, and suspicious nasopharyngeal mass were independent risk factors for nasopharyngeal malignancy on univariate and multivariate analyses. Conclusions: Nasopharyngeal biopsy may safely be avoided in adults living in a non-endemic area for NPC who are free of the risk factors of advanced age, the presence of a cervical mass, and suspicious nasopharyngeal mass.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-148
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - 24 Jul 2015


  • Biopsy
  • Endoscopy
  • Nasopharyngeal carcinoma
  • Neck mass
  • Presentation


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