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November 1960

Lymphangioma of the TongueTreatment and Appraisal of Long-Term Results

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery and Bonfils Tumor Clinic, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Arch Surg. 1960;81(5):761-767. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1960.01300050083016

Lymphangiomas, tumors composed of true lymph channels and cystic dilatations in contrast to tumors arising from lymph nodes, have been reported throughout the soft somatic tissue of the body as well as in the mesentery. When the lesion involves the tongue, a condition frequently referred to as "macroglossia" occurs and brings with it a set of problems unique to this anatomic location and produces a degree of involvement frequently defying complete extirpation. The term macroglossia is a rather nonspecific one and is used in pediatrics to simply denote the presence of a "large tongue." It may be encountered in cretinism, mongolism, Hurler's syndrome (gargoylism) or glycogen storage disease. Such entities should cause no confusion with the lymphangioma, since the tongue enlargement in the above conditions is associated with other gross and obvious defects; also, the surface of the tongue in the lymphangioma is studded with tumor and in the other

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