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September 1934


Author Affiliations

From the Medical Division of the Montefiore Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;20(3):375-381. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03600030080006

Until comparatively recent times, the lungs were regarded as virtually immune to primary neoplastic diseases. This theory has been disproved in malignant epithelial diseases, i. e., bronchiogenic carcinoma.1 Benign tumors originating primarily in the bronchopulmonary tree are looked on as rare, but sporadically appearing reports indicate that blastomas are probably not uncommon. These tumors often lead to grave complications which completely obscure the primary cause of the malady in such a way that it is generally overlooked during life. However, many of these benign tumors belong to the category of "accessible" or easily diagnosticated neoplasms and, indeed, can be treated surgically or otherwise with gratifying results.

Benign tumors arising in the lungs are classified as myomas, myxomas, chondromas, enchondromas, rhabdomyomas, lipomas, mixed tumors and adenomas. The case presented here is an example of the last mentioned variety.

REPORT OF A CASE  History.—A man, aged 57, was admitted to