It is not unfrequently the case that many of the minor localized affections that give rise to a variety of disturbances, are not only entirely overlooked, but remain unsuspected. This has, to a great extent, been the case with the glandular hypertrophy which is of frequent occurrence at the base of the tongue; and it is not until recently that the importance of this diseased condition has been full recognized.
In the pharynx and naso-pharynx are found collections of mucous and lymphoid glands which are aggregated into various masses at certain points. To these masses have been given the general name of tonsils. They are, however, further specialized as follows: the collection between the pillars of the fauces is termed the "faucial tonsil;" the mass in the vault of the pharynx, the pharyngeal, or "Luschka's tonsil;" while the mass collected together at the base of the tongue is termed the
ROE JO. GLANDULAR HYPERTROPHY AT THE BASE OF THE TONGUE AND ITS TREATMENT. Read in the Section of Laryngology and Otology at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889. JAMA. 1889;XIII(17):583–585. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401130005001b
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