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Pathology Forum
May 2000

Quiz Case 4

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Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000;126(5):676-680. doi:

Myxomas of the craniofacial bones are rare tumors, especially in children. In 1958, Zimmermann and Dahlin1 reviewed 2276 cases of primary bone neoplasms and found only 26 myxomatous jaw tumors. In 1973, Ghosh et al2 found 10 odontogenic myxomas among 8723 primary bone neoplasms. In 1975, Fu and Perzin3 reported 256 cases of nonepithelial tumors of the nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, and nasopharynx, and of these, only 6 were myxomas. Three of the 6 myxomas were in children, the youngest of whom was 15 months. A review of the cases of the Registry of Otolaryngologic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC, from 1976 to 1981 revealed only 9 pediatric cases of sinonasal myxomas.4