The etiology of adenoid vegetations in the nasopharynx, to the existence of which Wilhelm Meyer first called our attention, is still obscure. Meyer himself vaguely expresses the consideration that these vegetations might possibly stand in some relation to "scrofula." Others, as for instance Hopmann, looked on this hyperplasia of lymphatic tissue as due to constitutional conditions.
Isolated instances of tuberculosis of the pharyngeal tonsil were soon reported by Wendt and others. Lermoyez described two cases of tuberculosis of the pharyngeal tonsil in the living, and fully recognized the importance of this localization of tuberculosis. Soon afterward Dieulafoy made a more extensive investigation; he implanted pieces from the pharyngeal and faucial tonsils into the subcutaneous tissue of guinea-pigs, with the result that in 20 per cent. tuberculosis developed. These results have been properly criticized by Cornil and others. in the first place the point of inoculation into the abdominal wall might
HYPERPLASIA AND TUBERCULOSIS OF THE PHARYNGEAL TONSIL. JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(10):610–611. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450620048006
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