Sarcoma of the tonsil is not a common tumor. The incidence is well illustrated by reports from the Memorial Hospital1 and the Mayo Clinic2 which show, respectively, 22 and 55 cases of lymphosarcoma during a period of five years. No case of reticulum cell sarcoma is mentioned in these reports.
The family physician, whom the patient consults first, will encounter, therefore, few cases during his professional life, and even the otolaryngologist attending a general hospital clinic will probably not see this tumor frequently enough to become familiar by personal experience with the appearance and behavior of sarcoma of the tonsil.
Sarcoma of the tonsil should not be confused with carcinoma of the anterior faucial pillar. The commonest type of malignant growth of the region of the tonsil is squamous cell carcinoma, grade 2 or 3, involving the anterior pillar and any or all of the following adjacent structures: the gum,
WHITCOMB CA. SARCOMA OF THE TONSIL: IMPRESSIONS MADE BY SEVEN CASES. Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;38(1):1–9. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670040010001
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