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May 1947


Arch Otolaryngol. 1947;45(5):585-592. doi:10.1001/archotol.1947.00690010599008

HEMANGIOMA of the esophagus in infancy must be extremely rare, and so far as we can determine, no such case has hitherto been reported. A careful search of the literature revealed that only 1 case of hemangioma of the esophagus had been reported; the patient was a 70 year old man. That case was reported by Vinson and Moore1 in 1926; a patient with an esophageal hemangioma had been cured by local treatment with radium and partial resection of the esophagus. These authors stated that of 4,000 patients seen at the Mayo Clinic with a presenting complaint of dysphagia, only 3 were found to have a benign tumor of the esophagus. One had a myoma, one a lipoma, and the third a hemangioma. Thus, in general, any benign esophageal tumor is uncommon. In 1932 Patterson2 reviewed the literature from 1717 to 1932 and found that during that period of