Case Reports
June 1941


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Am J Dis Child. 1941;61(6):1272-1274. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000120144012

Carcinoma of the neck arising from persistent branchial remnants was first described by Volkmann1 in 1882. Since that time several hundred cases have been reported, so that the condition is no longer considered more than unusual. Thus in recent years Oliver2 has reviewed 80 cases from Baltimore, and Crile and Kearns,3 28 cases from Cleveland.

In regard to age incidence, there are few malignant growths more strictly confined to adult life than those of branchial origin. Of the 28 patients whose cases were reported by Crile and Kearns, the youngest was 37 years of age. Of the 80 patients whose cases were reported by Oliver, only 3 were younger than 30 years; indeed, he reported the case of the youngest patient of whom I find a record in the literature, a person aged 23 years. It appears to be of distinct interest, therefore, to report a case

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