In operating upon tumors and cysts of the neck one may expect to encounter at least 50 different pathologic conditions. These may comprise the common lesion, such as adenomatous goiters, mixed tumors of the salivary glands, and benign conditions, such as lipomas, fibromas, and sebaceous cysts; branchial and thyroglossal cysts, and the metastatic and inflammatory lesions.
In the course of many surgical neck procedures, sooner or later some unusual pathologic entity is sure to be encountered, and often enough it is the pathologist and not the surgeon who first becomes aware of the rare find.
In the brief time of 10 minutes allotted for these discussions it is only possible to mention a few of the seldom-encountered tumors and cysts which I have operated upon during the nearly 30 years that I have been a member of the Western Surgical Association.
At the Fifty-Eighth Meeting of the Association
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