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November 1950

NASAL GLIOMA: Two Cases with Recurrence

Author Affiliations


From the Departments of Pathology and Surgery (Surgical Pathology), Washington University School of Medicine.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1950;64(5):614-630. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1950.02310290010002

TUMORS in the region of the nose which are composed of glial tissue and occasionally contain neuronal elements have been reported by various authors. These lesions have usually been congenital and have occurred extranasally at the root of the nose, intranasally or, in a few instances, at both sites. That there is no clear concept of the nature of these tumors is indicated by the varied terminology under which essentially similar cases have been reported. The commonest name applied is nasal glioma, but other terms are glioma (astrocytoma),1 fibroglioma,2 encephalochoristoma naso-frontalis,3 encephaloma4 and encephalocele.5 It is generally agreed that these lesions are of a benign character, but there has been little evidence to indicate whether they have the properties of growth characteristic of a benign neoplasm or whether they are simply malformations. It is the purpose of this paper to report two cases of such