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November 1941


Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;34(5):1077-1080. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660041151020

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Neurofibroma of the Larynx: Report of a Case. Dr. Emily Lois van Loon.  The patient, a 17 year old girl, first came to my attention in July 1940, when she was sent to the Woman's Hospital for tonsillectomy. Operation was postponed because of her marked hoarseness, which had been developing over a period of two years. Inspection of the larynx with the mirror and then with the direct laryngoscope showed the left ventricular band to be full and bulging, overhanging the left vocal cord. The band felt soft and cystic, and the cord was thickened. Tissue superficially removed from the anterior end of the cord was reported to be striated muscle fibers. At this time the Wassermann test was negative and roentgenograms of the chest revealed no changes.The patient was discharged; three months later she was readmitted for another laryngoscopic examination. The swelling in the ventricular band was slightly

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