Lipoma of the tongue is very rare. Mazzini1 states that only one case occurred among 259,366 patients seen in his hospital during thirty-one years. This patient was a woman, aged 56. There are forty-four authentic cases in the literature, to which the case reported here is to be added.
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Age of Appearance.—
It is difficult to determine at what age the tumor first manifests itself. It grows so slowly and is so devoid of any indication of its presence until its size produces mechanical disturbance that it goes unnoticed for many months. Age of incidence is indicated in twenty-seven cases. Six of these were congenital, one was noted at 3 weeks and the others appeared much later in life. The frequency increases with age.
This tumor, like others of the tongue with the exception of the vascular ones, shows a distinct preference for
SMITH F. LIPOMA OF THE TONGUE. JAMA. 1937;108(7):522-523. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780070006002