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January 14, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(2):57-62. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450290007001a

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Among the tumors of the nasopharyngeal cavities which are amenable to operative treatment, the nasopharyngeal fibromata, or so-called nasopharyngeal polypi, are the most important. Sarcomata and carcinomata of this region may also be treated surgically, but when one considers how unfavorable the prognosis is, even in the case of a very good operative result, one must acknowledge that it is inexpedient to undertake so serious an operation for the sake of such a trifling benefit. Butler, who has paid particular attention to this question, finding an operative mortality of 30 per cent. and such a small number of cases free from recurrence after three years, arrived at the conclusion that the operation must be condemned unless there is a reasonable hope of obtaining better results in the future. In addition to the nasopharyngeal polypi and malignant growths, there are a number of very rare tumors which may be extirpated. The

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