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Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of post nasal space cancer

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of post nasal space cancer

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of post nasal space cancer

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of post nasal space cancer

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At the back of the nose is a cavity called the 'post-nasal space'. Very rarely, in adults, a cancer may grow in this space. Cancer of the this site is very dangerous due it's closeness to the brain.

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Incidence,age and sex

In the western world it is a very rare place for cancer to develop and occurs in adults of young to middle age. It is, however, a very common cancer in people from South China/Hong Kong.

Signs, symptoms and causes

In the western world there is no obvious cause, however in the South Chinese it is thought to be due to a genetic susceptibility combined with exposure to a type of virus called 'EBV'. It is not tobacco smoking related.The skull at the back of the nose has the drainage channel from the ear and the nerves from the brain passing through it. This results in the first signs of the disease being either a blocked ear due to fluid behind the eardrum or double vision, due to invasion of the nerves controlling the eye.

This type of cancer often produces big glands high in the neck.

Tests/Investigations

The crucial test is a biopsy of the cancer - either under a local or general anaesthetic. The next most important investigation is a special X-ray of the sinuses called a 'CT scan' and possibly a 'MRI'.

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