Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) as an Unusual Cause of Rapid Airway Compromise
59th Medical Wing San Antonio United States
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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia CLL is the most prevalent form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma NHL in Western countries predominantly affecting adults over age 6S. CLL is commonly indolent in nature but can present locally and aggressively at extra nodal sites. Although CLL may commonly present with cervical lymphadenopathy, manifestations in non-lymphoid regions of the head and neck is not well-described. CLL causing upper airway obstruction is even more uncommon. We describe a case of a patient with known history of CLL and stable lymphocytosis that developed an enlarging lymphoid base of tongue BOT mass resulting in rapid airway compromise.