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October 20, 1951


Author Affiliations

Detroit; Lafayette, Ind.

From the Department of Thoracic Surgery, the Herman Kieffer Hospital and formerly Resident Surgeon, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lafayette. Ind. (Dr. Coloviras) and Attending Surgeon. St. Elizabeth Hospital (Dr. Gery).

JAMA. 1951;147(8):756-757. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.73670250008011d

The appearance of a patient with turban tumors is so extraordinary that it leaves a permanent impression on all observers. Few cases have been reported, and the majority of these are from the foreign literature. Cooper1 estimates that a total of less than 50 cases have been reported.

There is a typical picture of this disease. The lesions usually occur on the scalp. The grapelike tumors are usually pink or maroon in color and often are present with a pedicle, which appears easy to excise; such, of course, is a delusion. The tumors vary in size from that of a quarter to much larger proportions, varying from 4 by 6 by 3 cm., both single and multiple. There seems to be no particular diagnostic test other than biopsy. These tumors feel like gum rubber balls when palpated and are prone to hemorrhage and ulceration. There is a definite familia