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February 1962

Epidermal Inclusion Cyst of the Uvula in Infancy

Author Affiliations

Capt. B. F. Andrews, MC, Rodriguez U.S. Army Hospital, APO 851, N.Y.

Am J Dis Child. 1962;103(2):174-176. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080020180012

Epidermal inclusion cysts are common in various parts of the body. Because there is no mention of the incidence or problems associated with cysts of the uvula in many otorhinolaryngology,1-3 pathology,4-6 and pediatric7-9 textbooks, or in the recent literature, the following case is presented.

Report of Case  A 9-month-old Negro boy was hospitalized on March 29, 1960, with the chief complaint of "gagging" while eating. A mass was first recognized on the uvula at a routine well-baby check when the infant was 6 weeks old. At 4 months of age, the "cyst" of the uvula was noted to be enlarging. There was no mention by the parents of any problem with sucking, deglutition, or respiration.Shortly after the institution of table food feeding, the mother noted persistent "gagging," mouth breathing, and very loud "snoring." When the infant ate only purees and liquids, "gagging" was absent, but with

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