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Clinical Note
November 2002

Neonatal Lingual Choristoma With Respiratory and Gastric Epithelium

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatric Otolaryngology (Drs Mandell and Bluestone) and Pathology (Dr Ranganathan), Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002;128(11):1321-1324. doi:10.1001/archotol.128.11.1321

Lingual choristomas are rare entities that typically present as benign cystic masses that are lined with a variety of heterotopic epithelia. Lingual choristomas that are lined with respiratory and/or gastric or intestinal mucosa are believed to derive from pluripotential cells of the embryonic foregut. We describe a neonate with a lingual cyst that was lined predominantly by respiratory epithelium and focally by gastric foveolar epithelium, and we review the terminology, etiology, and management of lingual cysts of presumed foregut origin.

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