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Anti-Hu syndrome preceding a carcinoma of the vocal cords

Stefanie Müller, E.M. Endress, D. Schött & Stefan Hägele-Link

abstract The anti-Hu syndrome is a paraneoplastic
neurological syndrome, most frequently associated
with small cell carcinoma of the lung.
Paraneoplastic syndromes are extremely rare
in otolaryngology.
We report the case of a 63-year-old man
who presented with asymmetrical paraesthesias
of the hands later spreading to the arms
in 2002. Neurophysiological studies showed a
mixed axonal/demyelinating sensory-motor
neuropathy. No underlying condition was
found but a paraneoplastic screen showed
anti-Hu antibodies. 6 months later he noticed
a hoarseness,bronchoscopy showed no pathology.
In 2005 finally a squamous cell carcinoma
of the vocal cords was diagnosed.
Retrospectively an association of this cancer
with the anti-Hu syndrome must be presumed.
In various follow-ups the neuropathy
remained stable. This case report shows that
paraneoplastic neurological symptoms often
appear before the associated cancer has been
identified.
   
citation Müller S, Endress E, Schött D, & Hägele-Link S (2006). Anti-Hu syndrome preceding a carcinoma of the vocal cords. Presented at 177. Tagung der Schweizerischen Neurologischen Gesellschaft (Interlaken).
   
type presentation (Deutsch)
date of publishing 21-12-2006
event 177. Tagung der Schweizerischen Neurologischen Gesellschaft (Interlaken)