Skull base oncocytoma presenting as epistaxis: an unusual presentation of a rare tumour successfully managed with active surveillance

Sachin Patil, Aaron Trinidade, Lauren Mercer, Paul Ashworth, Ray Lonsdale, Carl Philpott

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Oncocytomas are rare tumours, usually occurring in the salivary glands, but may very occasionally occur in other sites. The authors present a skull base oncocytoma as a rare cause of spontaneous epistaxis. Following diagnosis through imaging and intranasal biopsy, the patient opted for annual surveillance instead of active treatment and made a full recovery nonetheless. Skull base oncocytoma is a rare tumour that may result in otherwise common symptomatology. While excision is the mainstay of management, active surveillance may be a viable alternative for select patients.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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