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October 1953

HYGROMA COLLI OF THE NEWBORN INFANT INVOLVING THE FLOOR OF THE MOUTH

Author Affiliations

SYRACUSE, N. Y.
From the Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics, State University of New York at Syracuse College of Medicine.

AMA Arch Surg. 1953;67(4):623-628. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1953.01260040632017
Abstract

CREDIT is usually given to Redenbacher1 for having published in 1828 the first description of a cystic hygroma, an uncommon congenital cystic endotheliumlined lymphatic tumor most frequently arising in the neck. The occurrence of a cystic hygroma in infants and children can no longer be considered a rarity, a total of 225 cases having been collected from the world literature by Gross and Goeringer2 in 1939. Since then there have been sporadic reports on the subject. The purpose of this paper is to report two unusual cases of hygroma colli of the newborn infant which were unique by virtue of their rapid growth and extensive invasion of the tongue and floor of the mouth. The management of these infants posed many problems to the attending pediatrician, surgeon, radiotherapist, and anesthetist because of the serious embarrassment of respiration and swallowing which developed in the first weeks of life. The

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