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June 1940

LYMPHANGIOMAS OF THE TONGUE

Author Affiliations

GRAND JUNCTION, COLO.
From the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;31(6):966-973. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660010981009
Abstract

Enlargement of the tongue may be produced by various processes. Among those of noninfectious and nonmalignant nature the lymphangiomas represent a group of special interest and significance. They are not frequent, and various details of their occurrence and pathologic nature are still veiled in darkness. Every new report about such tumors is of importance and apt to make members of the medical profession more familiar with the nature of this growth.

The first pictured description of a clinical condition of this type is found in Virchow's article (1854)1 "About Macroglossia and Pathologic New Formations of Striated Muscle Fibers," in which he showed that this type of enlargement is not a hypertrophy of the muscle tissue of the tongue as former authors thought and laid the basis of modern pathologic, anatomic and histologic knowledge of these tumors of the tongue.

Much of Virchow's description is still valid today; in some details

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