Radiotherapy for inverted papilloma: a case report and review of the literature

  • Primož Strojan


Background. Sinonasal inverted papilloma (IP) is a rare, usually benign tumor arising from the respiratory mucosa of the sinonasal tract. Surgical resection is the treatment of choice. In histologically overt benign IPs (i.e. without associated malignancy) irradiation was employed only anecdotally.

Patient and Methods. The patient with gross residual of benign IP after up-front surgery that was subsequently treated with irradiation is presented and the literature reports on the use of radiotherapy in this tumor type are reviewed.

Results. The residuum in the region of the sphenoid and adjacent cavernous sinus was irradiated to 54 Gy in 1.8 Gy daily fractions. No recurrence or deterioration of olfaction, hearing or vision was observed 2.6 years post-radiotherapy. In the literature, six reports were identified with 16 patients describing necessary details on radiotherapy and outcome. Twelve of 14 cases (our case included) with gross or subtotal tumor resection and postoperative radiotherapy were locally controlled. The lowest and the median irradiation doses were 47.15 Gy and 56.5 Gy, respectively, and the follow-up period ranged between 0.5-20.5 years (median 7.8 years).

Conclusions. Radiotherapy is safe and valuable treatment option in histologically overt benign IPs. It is indicated when the risk of tumor recurrence after surgery is increased and in inoperable tumors.

Author Biography

Primož Strojan
How to Cite
Strojan, P. (2013). Radiotherapy for inverted papilloma: a case report and review of the literature. Radiology and Oncology, 47(1). Retrieved from
Clinical oncology