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March 22, 1941


Author Affiliations

Professor of Pathology, University of Missouri School of Medicine Columbia, Mo.; Mexico, Mo.

JAMA. 1941;116(12):1218-1220. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.62820120004008a

Reports of neoplasm of the spermatic cord and tunics of the testicle are few, only 247 being on record June 10, 1939, and the current textbooks rarely more than mention it. The accompanying table, a compilation from the literature by Schulte, McDonald and Priestley,1 shows their number and distribution as to type and malignancy. Since that study was published the Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus has, up to April 1940, listed three other cases of spermatic cord tumor. The present report then brings the total of such tumors to at least 251.

Quinby2 and a small number of other authors have reported lipofibromyxomas, but the summary table by Schulte and his associates1 does not list this tumor as such, though it is referred to in the text of their article. Of the spermatic cord tumors, lipomas constitute 36.4 per cent, while those composed of fibrous tissue, the fibromas