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April 1935

MICROSCOPIC PATHOLOGY OF THE PALATINE TONSIL

Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;21(4):426-436. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640020438004

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Abstract

This paper will be concerned, first, with the more common pathologic conditions of the palatine tonsil and, second, with a correlation between the clinical history which resulted in tonsillectomy and the actual microscopic diagnosis after examination of specimens from 104 routine tonsillectomies. The work was suggested by Dr. Harris P. Mosher and was carried out at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

At the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary an average of 2,200 tonsillectomies are done a year. Tonsils which in any way suggest the presence of a pathologic process other than the usual chronic infection are sent to the laboratory for microscopic examination. During the year from Sept. 1, 1933, to Sept. 1, 1934, this was done in 30 cases.

The 30 cases are divided into groups according to the microscopic observations.

The normal tonsil (fig. 1) is covered with stratified squamous epithelium which dips into the deep

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