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May 16, 1925


Author Affiliations

From the department of otolaryngology, Central Free Dispensary, Rush Medical College.

JAMA. 1925;84(20):1495. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.26620460005012c

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This case is reported because of the rarity of the condition. R. L., a man, aged 24, presented himself to the clinic for diagnosis and treatment of a throat condition. The father stated that when the patient was 6 months of age he was subject to a severe spell of dyspnea. A physician advised tracheotomy because of obstruction in the throat. This procedure was refused by the parents, and the patient recovered spontaneously from the attack. Since that time the father had known that there was some growth in the patient's throat, and was convinced that he was born with it. During his boyhood days there had been practically no symptoms, except at times during sleep, when breathing seemed to stop momentarily, because of an apparent obstruction at the larynx. Some hoarseness had also been noticed during the last few years. There had been no hemorrhage from the throat at

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