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Esthesioneuroblastoma


Other Names for this Disease

  • Olfactory neuroblastoma
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Overview

Esthesioneuroblastoma is a rare cancer of the upper part of the nasal cavity called the cribiform plate, which is a bone deep in the skull between the eyes, and above the ethmoid sinuses. It develops in nerve tissue associated with the sense of smell and can occur in people of any age. This cancer is very uncommon, accounting for 7 percent of all cancers of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses.[1] Although it generally grows slowly, an esthesioneuroblastoma can sometimes grow very quickly. Fast-growing tumors can metastasize (spread) even many years after treatment of the initial tumor.[2]
Last updated: 1/13/2009

References

  1. Detailed Guide: Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Cancer. American Cancer Society Web site. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/CRI_2_3x.asp?dt=75. Accessed November 11, 2008..
  2. Esthesioneuroblastoma. Mayo Clinic Web site. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/esthesioneuroblastoma/. Accessed November 11, 2008..
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  • The American Cancer Society provides more information on esthesioneuroblastoma in an article titled, "Detailed Guide: Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Cancer."
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Olfactory neuroblastoma
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