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June 1943


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Harlem Hospital, service of Dr. Herman J. Burman.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;37(6):835-844. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670030850011

We present a compilation of most of the literature on this supposedly rare tumor and report 3 cases of our own which we have encountered in the past year.

HISTORY  In 1921 Regaud and Reverchon1 and Schmincke2 published independently papers on this tumor. Reverchon and Cantard,3 in a report from Regaud's clinic in 1921, originally noted a tumor consisting of two elements: a primitive type of epithelium constantly associated with lymphocytes. Schmincke, in the same year, reported several cases of this tumor of the nasopharynx and described the pathologic character.In 1926 Jovin4 discussed the histologic features of this tumor, describing it as a mass of epithelial cells with poorly delimited cytoplasm, forming at times a syncytium and being infiltrated with lymphocytes.In the past few years a number of papers have appeared, most of which are controversial with regard to the actual classification of the tumor. However, they are