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May 1937

PRENATAL AND POSTNATAL DEVELOPMENT AND FORM OF CRYPTS OF HUMAN PALATINE TONSIL

Arch Otolaryngol. 1937;25(5):487-519. doi:10.1001/archotol.1937.00650010559001
Abstract

Problems relating to the palatine tonsil have long been among the favorite topics of clinical writers, while the anatomy of this organ has also been subjected to many investigations and discussions. Nevertheless, there is no adequate, reliable body of information covering the development, gross morphology and relations of the tonsillar crypts and their associated glands and ducts. This is somewhat astonishing, as the anatomic peculiarities of the crypt system literally invite a pathologic condition of the tonsillar substance.

Many short descriptions of the crypt system in the postnatal palatine tonsil are on record, but these are general accounts of a superficial nature. Among the better descriptions is that of Levinstein,1 who observed both that "the crypts run in three directions" and that "the group of acinous glands do not belong to the faucial tonsil, but to its neighborhood." Loeb2 maintained that the majority of crypts open onto the superior surface

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