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February 1935


Author Affiliations

From the Division of Medicine and the Section on Surgical Pathology, the Mayo Clinic.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;21(2):168-171. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640020177006

Benign tumors of the esophagus are of special interest because of their comparative rarity and because the majority of such tumors are amenable to treatment. It is therefore essential that they be recognized and distinguished from the malignant tumors, which are comparatively numerous and resistant to all forms of therapy. Unfortunately, however, the benign tumors lack distinctive clinical and roentgenologic features, and the presence of such a growth must be considered in all cases of dysphagia of unknown origin. They can be accurately distinguished only by esophagoscopy and biopsy.

The rarity of benign tumors of the esophagus is well illustrated by the studies of Patterson.1 In a review of the literature from 1717 to 1932, she was able to find a record of only sixty-one cases, including those in which the tumor was first recognized at the time of postmortem examination. To this series she added