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February 1947

CONGENITAL CYSTS OF THE TONGUE, THE FLOOR OF THE MOUTH, THE PHARYNX AND THE LARYNX

Author Affiliations

ROCHESTER, MINN.
From the Section on Laryngology, Oral and Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1947;45(2):145-158. doi:10.1001/archotol.1947.00690010154001
Abstract

CONGENITAL cysts of the tongue, the floor of the mouth, the pharynx and the larynx are rare but are particularly interesting because of the difficulty of their diagnosis and the problem of their complete removal. The patient may complain of repeated flare-ups due to infection of some part of the tongue, the pharynx or the larynx. At the time of such flare-ups, the cyst may rupture and some fluid may be discharged into the mouth or throat, but at the time of the examination shortly after the discharge of the fluid, little or nothing can be found to account for the symptoms. One must consider an infected congenital cyst as a possible cause. At times one sees patients who have had such symptoms many years without a diagnosis having been made. Congenital cysts that are not infected may produce no symptoms other than those due to their increase in size.

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